The Ōtanewainuku Kiwi Trust (OKT) has for the last few years engaged Volbop to oversee their Volunteer Management function. We are delighted to have entered into another 3-year contract beginning July 2021.
OKT carries out its operations within the Ōtanewainuku forest (1,500 ha located 20km south of Tauranga). The Trust was formed to preserve our taonga (treasure) of native species for generations to come and reverse the decline of the population of North Island Brown Eastern Taxon Kiwi in the forest.
It has since grown into a significant conservation organisation with a solid Volunteer base
who are involved in a diverse range of activities aimed at the protection and restoration of the Ōtanewainuku ecosystem. With intensive pest management practices Volunteers have been able to control rats, possums, mustelids and feral cats and the forest now has growing populations of kiwi and kōkako.
The Trust co-ordinates monthly forest workdays which include activities such as bait line
clearing and maintenance, bait threading and placement of bait in the forest or box
making. After the walk in the forest, Volunteers can socialise and enjoy a hot drink and
sausage sizzle at the shelter with other Volunteers.
Please consider registering now to become a Workday Helper with the OKT. You will be
contacted once the Alert Levels change to allow the work to recommence.