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Community & Events | J-Ply Plywood Protecting Kiwi

The Northland Region Corrections Facility is making up forty Russell Kiwi Boxes with 45 sheets of J-Ply Plywood donated by New Zealand Wood Products along with help from a kind donation by Manuka Health.

Dogs are the biggest threat to kiwi and can kill an entire population of kiwi in no time. Kiwiboxes help protect them. Bay Bush Action Trust is a registered charity who operate with three trustees. A team of volunteers do multi-species pest control to protect the native wildlife in the Opua State Forest, near Paihia in the Bay of Islands.

"The kiwiboxes are fairly easy to build. We held a working bee with Puketotara Landcare and around 10 people made 16 in one morning." Says Stella Kake, Trustee and Volunteer of Bay Bush Action Trust.

This kiwi house was first designed and tried by the Russell Peninsula Kiwi Recovery Project in 2001. The privately funded venture run by Laurence Gordon has had a huge success, with kiwi preferring these kiwi boxes over natural nesting sites.

"The best thing about them is they are much more dog proof than natural sites like in rotten logs and holes in the ground where they can easily be dug out and killed by dogs." Explains Kake.

The Opua Primary School and the Oromahoe kindergarten help paint many of the kiwiboxes making it a real community project for many hands to get involved.The completion of this project is set for end of April.New Zealand Wood Products are proud to be able to assist in a small way to keeping kiwi safe in the wildlife.

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