Otanewainuku Info Sheets

Surveys, Reports and Information on Otanewainuku Forest

Over the years many people have undertaken studies in Otanewainuku. We would like to thank the individuals, DOC and the Bay of Plenty Polytechnic for allowing us to share this information with you.

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Otanewainuku Kiwi Trust Draft Strategic Action Plan - 2015

The Trust has prepared this Strategic Action Plan (the Plan) in response to the clear need to embrace the entire ecology of this unique, virgin forest. It covers a seven-year period to guide the Trust towards its 20th year in 2022. This Plan’s current status is as an Operative Draft.

It is presented for review by Department of Conservation (DoC), Iwi, our volunteers, funders, Western Bay District Council (WBDC), Bay of Plenty Regional Council (BOPRC), Tauranga City Council (TCC), and the community.

Feedback welcomed by 31 March 2016

Draft Action Plan 2015

Monitoring at Otanewainuku - Larissa Cherrie 2014

Funded by a Bayer Boost Scholarship

To enable a quantitative understanding of different monitoring methods and statistics within this area.

Analysis of pest, predator and foliage data trends indicate that the present control strategies employed have halted the decline at Otanewainuku. Pest and predator numbers along with forest health seem to be stable. However, the health of the Otanewainuku forest outside the pest control block is declining at a concerning rate.

A 2014 survey of forest health within the control block must be completed to determine if the block is regenerating, or if further improvement of the forest as a habitat for native species will require a ramping up of control operation intensity and an extension of the area of operations.
Monitoring Report 2014

Kokako and Bats in Otanewainuku

Kokako Survey - Carmel Richardson 2013
The adult survival rate is good, the number of birds detected in the forest and the presence of at least one juvenile are a  positive sign for the establishment of a sustainable kokako population.

To view this report please contact chair@kiwitrust.org

Bats in the BOP - Peter Cosnahan 2010
Otanewainuku has a populations of Chalinolobus tuberculatus (long-tailed bat). No Mystacina tuberculata (short-tailed bat)
were detected at any of the sites.

Kokako Survey 2013

BOP Bat Study 2010

Pest info sheets

These are great for school projects or to learn more about our forest and our work.

Learn more about the different types of rats and mustelids (ferrets, stoats and weasels) and the devastating impact they have on our native bush



Mustelid bait trials:
Salted rabbit vs eggs

Mustelid traps are traditionally baited with hen eggs. Our volunteer trappers took part in a trial comparing using salted rabbit to hen eggs. We use these in double set tunnel kill traps. Salted rabbit won hands down.

Check out the full trial, which covers our findings, best practice in the field and how to salt rabbit baits. Or check out our summary sheet for the end results.

Thanks to Dave Edwards for these reports.

Bait trial - summary

Bait trial - full results

Otanewainuku Canopy Response
to Possum Control

Otanewainuku Conservation Area Forest Canopy Response to Historic Possum (Tricosurus vulpecula) Control

Prepared for: Western Bay of Plenty District Council 2009

Martin Slimin | Ecosystem Service



Map of Study area

Other info sheets

These are great for school projects or to learn more about our forest and our work.

Learn more about the species in Otanewainuku or about the type of kiwi we have and the causes of it's decline and why they need our help.

Our Forest
Kiwi at Otanewainuku - Info Sheet
Kiwi at Otanewainuku

Establishing a kiwi population at Otanewainuku

Prepared for: OKT - February 2013
Jess Scrimgeour - Technical Advisor, Ecology | Department of Conservation

This report addressed several questions asked by the Trust, specifically focussing on predator control, size of management, kiwi management by volunteers, survival rates of sub-adult kiwi, sub-adult vs. adult transfers, consistency with national kiwi strategy and long-term goals for the Trust.

DOC Report on Kiwi