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Battered and bruised Rascal on the mend

1 September 2020 A cheeky kaka named Rascal is still battered and bruised but getting a little better each week thanks to the team at the Whangarei Native Bird Recovery Centre. They’ve had the juvenile bird, thought to be about two-years-old, for about five weeks after it was found in the middle of a road…
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Long road to recovery for lucky kiwi

17 August 2020 After nine months of extensive care and rehab, a young female North Island brown kiwi is getting closer to being released back into the wild. The one and a half years old kiwi was brought into the Whangarei Native Bird Centre just before Christmas after being hit by a car in Russell. …
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Kiwi dog attacks a ‘smack in the face’

Media Release 15 July 2020 A spate of dog attacks on kiwi is being called a “smack in the face” by Whangarei Native Bird Recovery Centre manager Robert Web. He is treating the latest victim, a male brown kiwi from Kerikeri, and looking after it’s unhatched offspring – a 12-day egg, which is in the…
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Order of Merit for dedication to saving birds

Media Release 01 June 2020 Whangarei Native Bird Recovery Centre manager Robert Webb (QSM) says he couldn’t believe it and is “proud all round” to be named a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours list. Webb has received the honour for his conservation and wildlife work at…
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No food or water for drunk pigeons

Media Release 18 May 2020 A steep rise in the number of drunk wood pigeons (keruru) turning up at the Whangarei Native Bird Recovery Centre has led manager Robert Webb to issue a warning – don’t offer the drunks anything to eat or drink. With native autumn forest fruits coming to an end, Webb says…
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Boat shortfall leaves Bird Centre high and dry

Media Release 11 May 2020 A $7000 funding shortfall for a new rescue boat means the Whangarei Native Bird Recovery Centre is unable to mount sea rescue operations for injured birds, including the iconic albatross. Bird Centre manager Robert Webb says the Centre had been without a boat now for three months, which was a…
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April 2019 Column

One question I get asked is how old Sparky is, my Kiwi, Sparky is now just over 15 years old, I received Sparky when he was around 2 months old. He has his own pen outside which has matured Native Trees in it, the leaves fall on the ground which makes it just like in…
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February 2019 Column

Welcome to the first Column for 2019, we were very busy over January And I forgot. Most Birds have finished nesting so now is a good time to check your chimney before winter comes around, I know winter is still some time away, but it could cost you big time if you light your fire…
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December 2018 Column

2018 has been another good year for the Recovery Centre, support for the Centre is what keeps it going, some of our Sponsors have been with us for many years, like Mike Daniel, NorthPower, Bayer NZ Ltd, Sophie Edwards, Northland seed supplies, Northland Regional Council, Carter Holt Harvey, Mill Road vets and Northland Districts Security.…
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November 2018 Column

We would like to thank Northpower for their renewal of their Sponsorship, this is what enables the Recovery Centre to keep going each year. We should not have to struggle each year when looking after our Native Birds, I see where thousand are found to look after the Kauri Trees, walking tracks, predator control and…
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