Frequently Asked Questions

How big is the Poutiri Ao ō Tāne project area?

The area under sustained widespread pest control is around 8000 hectares. However, this is just the pest control area. Our monitoring project includes another 1000 hectares and our involvement in habitat restoration extends further again.


Who’s involved?

While we have strategic partnerships with established groups (see partners here) we’re keen to involve everyone who may have any interest in the project either as a possible volunteer, a potential sponsor, a school, or just someone who would just like to learn more.


How does Poutiri fit into other conservation projects in Hawke’s Bay?

Hawkes Bay is fortunate in having many conservation projects and we’re keen to work collaboratively with as many of these as possible. We have a very close working relationship with the Cape Sanctuary and our seabird and kākā translocations are a joint effort. Sharing resources and skills helps everyone.


How does this link to the Cape to City Project?

To find out more about this sister project, visit


What will be achieved with the generous Aotearoa Foundation donation?

The very generous donation from the Foundation enables us to set up the infrastructure needed to run the project and to put in place the administration and build the partnerships necessary to make it a success. The funding also allowed us begin the translocation process for the sea and forest birds that will be reintroduced over the next few years.


Won’t kākā just fly away?

Yes they might. From time to time transient juveniles are seen in and around the Boundary Stream Mainland Island. However, by holding the captive reared chicks in aviaries for several months prior to release there is a very good chance they will remain in the area. Supplementary feeding will help reinforce this.


What happens if the seabirds don’t return? Is there a chance of that?

Yes there is a possibility they won’t return. However, seabird translocations, with petrel species in particular, have been carried out successfully in many sites throughout New Zealand. Our particular challenge is the Poutiri site is the most inland site yet attempted. We’re 21kms from the coast (as the petrel flies) so we’re breaking new ground.

They don’t return to breed until they are four to five years old so we are in for a nervous wait until 2017!


How do I volunteer?

There is a volunteer application form on this website, simply fill it out and we’ll be in contact.


What is expected from a volunteer?

There are a number of opportunities: from caring for the birds through to pest control and habitat restoration. Check out the volunteer page to see if there’s something there you feel you might like to get involved in.


Will the different sea birds get along together? And if yes how are you sure this will happen?

Initially we’re proposing to reintroduce two of the petrel species: the Cooks (titi) and Mottled (kori) petrel. We know both species co-existed in the Maungaharuru Range in years gone by and they dig their burrows very close together on the offshore islands of Hauturu (Little Barrier Island) and Whenua Hou (Codfish Island) where we’ll be sourcing our birds from.


Is it realistic to trap such a big area effectively?

Yes, it’s a challenge and we are breaking new ground in how we’re carrying out the pest control as we need to work in and alongside the day-to-day farming and forestry operations. The type and layout of the traps is designed to do just that and yet still be effective. Results to date are encouraging.


What chemicals do you use, and are they toxic?

At this stage we are not using or contemplate using toxins. That doesn’t mean that additional pest control carried out by other agencies may not consider using toxins for the pests that they may be targeting.

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