Releasing rowi kiwis into the wild with DOC

Written by Cat, Sam & PJ in General at 3:59pm, Thu 21 Jun 2012

Back in May we introduced the BNZ Save the Kiwi Trust as one of our success fee partners. One of the Trust's initiatives is to work toward establishing a thriving population of rowi, the world's most endangered species of kiwi. There are less than 400 rowi around today.

Yesterday, Trade Me staff members PJ, Catherine & Sam joined DOC and the Trust in releasing 20 rowi onto Mana Island. This marks the first time in 600 years that rowi have been in the North Island.

Our staff were absolutely stoked to have been given the opportunity to be part of this unique event. Not only did they get to witness the release of some rowi, but travelled out to the island in style, courtesy of an RNZAF Iroquois. Check out the cool video from their journey out to Mana Island:

Thanks heaps to DOC, the BNZ Save the Kiwi Trust, the RNZAF and Helipro for a truly fantastic experience. And of course we wish the little rowi kiwis all the best in their new home!