Hunua Ranges Kokako Recovery Project

Volunteers are needed to help bring pest numbers down so that the rare and beautiful bird, the North Island Kokako can breed successfully. The role involves maintaining the bait station network in the kokako management area of the Hunua Ranges - you will be removing old bait and replacing it with new. Some trap checking and setting is also involved.

You will work in the heart of the Hunua Ranges in lush bush and will be very likely to see rare native birds such as kokako and kaka. Your work will help to reduce the animal pest numbers in the Hunua Ranges and protect the native bird species there.


A good level of fitness and health is critical, as you will be walking through the bush and carrying a small pack while you work. A great deal of walking is involved and volunteers need to be comfortable working with traps and toxic bait. While you don't need to attend every single week, the group is mainly interested in those that can become regular volunteers long term. You will need suitable footwear and outdoor clothing and ideally you will be experienced in walking and/or tramping in the bush.

Time commitment:

The group works on Tuesdays, and the more regularly volunteers can attend on a Tuesday the better. Volunteers are not required to come every week, just when the time is available. We are looking for an ongoing commitment.

Getting started:
The first step is to express your interest by filling out the form below. We will then put you in touch directly with the organisation for more information on the role and how to proceed.

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