What we have achieved


1. Predator Control Programme
2. Mōhua Survey
3. Mōhua Translocations
4. Te Kakahu Skink Translocations

PROJECTS WE HAVE FUNDED$ 190,776.01Total Amount

Mōhua Translocation – Landsborough Valley to Hawdon Valley
28 October 2017
Our trust is very pleased to announce that, with the help of DOC, 20 mōhua were transferred on Saturday 28th October. The birds were caught in the Landsborough Valley and released in the Hawdon Valley, Arthur’s Pass National Park. All birds flew out of the boxes with no deaths. A huge thank you to the team for all their passion and hard work.

download . . . More mōhua for the Hawdon (pdf)

The trust would also like to acknowledge and thank the following supporters: Wanaka Helicopters for their generous sponsorship towards this project. And a huge thank you to the Lottery Grants Board for their support. We greatly appreciate your help with this project.

$ 14,755.66
Mōhua Translocation – Anchor Island to Eglinton Valley
6 October 2017
Birdsong in the Eglinton Valley has become that much sweeter after 100 mōhua were released at Kiosk Creek. This is the fourth mōhua translocation to the area in 7 years in a joint effort by the Department of Conservation, the Mohua Charitable Trust and with support from Ngāi Tahu.

Read more here:

download . . . Melodic mōhua on the move (pdf)

Thank you to the Lottery Grants Board for helping this worthy cause. With your help these birds have a fighting chance.

$ 14,176.00
Mōhua Fixed Transect Survey – Makarora Region
November 2016
Mohua were detected on nine of the thirteen transects in 2016. The total number of mōhua individuals seen or heard was 130. One-hundred and twelve of these were in the Young Valley. The total number of mōhua counted was the highest to date, but this is mainly attributable to the high numbers on the North Young and Young Forks transects.

Read more here:

download . . . 2016 Makarora Mōhua Report - DOC 3030815 (pdf)
$ 4,029.60
Mōhua Translocation – Anchor Island to Eglinton Valley
21 & 22 October 2016
More mōhua for the Eglinton Valley. 101 mōhua were successfully translocated from Anchor Island in the Dusky Sound to Kiosk Creek in the Eglinton Valley. Children from the Restore Kepler Team were there to help release the birds in their new home.

download . . . More mōhua for Eglinton Valley: Media release October 2016 (pdf)

download . . . Mōhua translocation to the Eglinton Valley, October 2016 (pdf)
$ 15,134.00
Mōhua Translocation – Anchor Island to Eglinton Valley
15 October 2015
Mōhua in the Eglinton valley, Fiordland received a top up with the release of 80 birds transferred from Anchor Island in Dusky Sound. The trust worked in partnership with DOC and Ōraka Aparima Rūnanga. The Eglinton valley is one of the few road accessible valleys in Fiordland National Park, and is a popular stop off point for visitors to Milford Sound.

download . . . Mōhua population gets a boost in the Eglinton Valley - Media release 16 October 2015 (pdf)

download . . . Mōhua to Eglinton Report 2015 (pdf)

Thank you to the Lottery Grants Board for funding the transfer flights from Anchor Island to the Eglinton Valley.

$ 7,425.90
Mōhua Translocation – Chalky Island to Coal Island
15 September 2015
80 mōhua were successfully moved from Chalky Island to Coal Island in Preservation Inlet, Fiordland National Park. Led by the Coal Island Charitable trust, in partnership with our trust and the Department of Conservation, this translocation supports our aim to re-establish mōhua and other native bird populations to numbers once found in New Zealand.

download . . . Mōhua moved to Coal Island Media release 15 September 2015 (pdf)

download . . . Mōhua and Robin to Coal Is translocation report (pdf)

Thank you to the Lottery Grants Board for funding the transfer flights from Chalky Island to Coal Island.

$ 14,432.21
Mōhua Fixed Transect Survey – Makarora Region
4 November 2015
The Makarora region is home of the threatened mōhua and November this year was the fifth year of spring mōhua monitoring. This survey has been set up in order to monitor the change in population estimate and to assess efficiency of the predator control in place. The survey region will include the Makarora, Blue and Young valleys where the fixed transects were set up in 2010 and is completed during the months of October and November when the birds are the most active to maximise the survey results.
The report shows that the Mōhua population seems to be stable which is encouraging.

download . . . Makarora mōhua report 2015 - DOC-2695924 (pdf)

$ 4,029.60
The University of Canterbury Foundation
Funding of research for the endangered Black Stilt (Kaki) by Dr Tammy Steeves
May 2015
Research into making genetic conservation recommendations that maximise the evolutionary potential of Kaki by applying population genetic methods to modern and ancient mitochondrial and nuclear genetic data obtained from contemporary and historical populations in New Zealand. Maintaining the genetic health of the threatened species.

download . . . Spotlight on saving critically endangered kaki (pdf)

$ 10,000.00
Mōhua Fixed Transect Survey – Makarora Region
4 November 2014
The fourth year of spring Mōhua monitoring in the Makarora area was completed in November 2014. Ten fixed transects have been surveyed each year in the Makarora area from 2011 through 2012. Three additional transects were added in the Young Valley in 2013, to bring the total number of transects to 13.

Mōhua were detected on 10 of the 13 transects in 2014. The average number of Mōhua detected per transect was 1.27. There is a critical need to continue Mohua monitoring across the south island in the next few years following the recent beech mast and Battle for our Birds 1080 operations.

download . . . Makarora Mōhua Fixed transect Survey Report 2014 (pdf)

$ 3,128.00
Mōhua Translocation – Chalky Island to the Hawdon Valley
6 November 2014
58 endangered mōhua were successfully relocated from Chalky Island in Fiordland to the Hawdon Valley at Arthur’s Pass. This was the largest ever translocation of mōhua to Canterbury and boosts the numbers of this endangered species in the region.

download . . . Mōhua Charitable trust Press Release Nov2014 (pdf)

download . . . The Press article (pdf)

Thank you to the Lottery Grants Board for funding the transfer flights from Chalky Island to the Hawdon Valley.

$ 16,884.50
Mōhua Fixed Transect Survey – Makarora Region
November 2013
In 2013, the third year of spring Mōhua monitoring in the Makarora area, was completed in the month of November. The result of this year survey shows a slight increase of the Mōhua population in the Makarora area. Mohua should have a good breeding season this year as there have not been many predators caught in the trap lines at the moment.

download . . . Makarora Mōhua Fixed transect Survey Report 2013 (pdf)

$ 3,597.20
Mōhua Translocation – Catlins to Resolution Island
7 November 2013
22 Mōhua were successfully moved from the Catlins Conservation area in Otago to Resolution Island in Fiordland. The birds were flown by helicopter to Resolution Island the same day, where they were blessed by Te Runanga o Awarua, welcomed by local iwi, Te Runanga o Oraka Aparima and released.

download . . . DoC Report: Mōhua transfer from the Catlins Maclennan Forest to Resolution Island sponsored by the Mōhua Charitable trust (pdf)

download . . . Department of Conservation Media Report (pdf)
download . . . Island move gives birds better shot at survival (pdf)
download . . . Mōhua moved to Fiordland super site (pdf)
download . . . Mōhua moved To Resolution Island in Fiordland - Stuff(pdf)

Thank you to the Lottery Grants Board for the funds for the helicopter expenses.

$ 14,967.99
Establishment of South Island Saddleback Population at Orokonui Ecosanctuary
September 2013
The transfer of 50 South Island Saddleback from Breaksea Island into Orokonui Ecosanctuary, to establish a self-sustaining population, was successful. All 50 birds caught and transferred were alive when released and looked in very good condition.

download . . . Role of Genetics Explored - Ian Jamieson Interview Oct 2013 (pdf)
download . . . 50 Saddlebacks delivered to sanctuary (pdf)

$ 5,000.00
Fiordland Crested Penguin (Tawaki) Survey – Solander Island
30 August 2013
The Mōhua Charitable Trust together with First Sovereign trust Limited helped fund a Fiordland Crested Penguin Survey managed by the Department of Conservation. A better understanding of the population trends for Fiordland Crested penguins across their range is required to determine if the population is declining and if so what the possible causes are and management option to remedy it.

download . . . Solander Island – Tawaki Monitoring 29 August 2013 (pdf)

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$ 3,139.50
Makarora Mōhua Population Survey – DOC Wanaka
November 2012
The trust help fund, a Wanaka Department of Conservation contractor, to implement a Mōhua inventory and distribution survey in Makarora and Young Valleys to identify the Mohua population range, distribution and density. This significant data will provide us with a better understanding of the population and will allow us to target areas for a potential rat control operation when needed.

download . . . Blue Young Mōhua Survey Report 2012 (pdf)
download . . . Makarora Valley Mōhua Report 2013 (pdf)
download . . . Maintenance of the Makarora and Young Valley trap Line Report (pdf)
link . . . Press Release – Otago Daily Times “Programme helps mōhua increase” (23/03/2013)

$ 11,018.88
Transit Valley Kakapo Search
25 to 28 February 2012
The trust help fund, a Department of Conservation team, fly to Fiordland in the hope of finding evidence of Kakapo existence in historic breeding areas.

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$ 5,817.31
Wanaka Predator Control Programme
The trust provided nearly 200 traps and funded a helicopter to fly in the new traps to the Makarora Valley.

download . . . Press Release: Wanaka SunNews Feb 2012 (pdf)

Rare mōhua receives a boost in Mt Aspiring National Park
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More Money For Mōhua Wanaka
Feb 2012
download . . . More Money For Mōhua Wanaka Feb 2012.pdf

Otago Daily Times Mōhua press release
3 Feb 2012

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Update on the Predator Control Programme
15 June 2012

download . . . Update on Predator Control Programme 15 June 2012 (pdf)

$ 11,017.45
Conservation genetics of rock wren (Xenicus gilviventris)
The rock wren is a small, threatened endemic bird, only found in patches of alpine habitat in the South Island of New Zealand. The trust together with the Birdlife International Community Conservation Fund have funded a research project managed by Kerry Weston to investigate the ecology of the rock wren and aid in the conservation of this unique alpine passerine.

download . . . Conservation genetics of rock wren (pdf)

$ 5,400.00
Mōhua translocation – Chalky Island to Eglinton Valley
On the 21 October 2010 69 Mōhua were caught on Chalky Island and successfully released in the Eglinton Valley. This transfer, from an island sanctuary to the mainland, is one of the first on this scale.

download . . . 2010 Mōhua translocation (pdf)

Mōhua thriving in new mainland home - DoC article published
21 March 2011

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DoC news release
October 18 2010

link . . . Eglinton Valley to become home for island mōhua - DOCDM-656742 Press Release (pdf)

Hamish Clark Press Release October 25 2010

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$ 9,108.00
Mōhua translocation
Catlins to the South branch of the Hurunui
1 November 2009

Rare Mōhua transfer to rebuild stock
ODT news release by Rebecca Fox

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DoC News Release – More Mōhua for Hurunui
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$ 5,279.63
Mōhua translocation
Breaksea Island to the South branch of the Hurunui
31 October 2008
$ 7,434.58
University of Otago Post graduate research sponsorship
by Lisa Naomi tracy
$ 5,000.00