te puia planning new $1.5m kiwi house to open next year - outdoor enclosure
Tourist destination Te Puia hopes to open up a new stateof-the-art $1.
Next year there are 5 million Kiwi houses on the website.
The company is expected to open in the fall of 2019, and Te Puia chief executive Tim Cossar hopes this will mark the start of a successful breeding program on site.
"The new Kiwi House will enable us to re-focus on reproduction and provide the best possible environment for our birds, including museum-grade glass, the air unit can be set to perfect conditions for Kiwi and professional lighting.
"Read more: Captive kiwis has found a new home in Cossar, Kaweka Forest Park, and he says the House will also provide a space to watch kiwi birds and tell about New Zealand
Ripe kiwi fruit will be housed in a large outdoor enclosure in the Te Whakarewarewa Valley, which is also expected to encourage breeding.
He said the project is unique.
"The goal of Kiwi House reconstruction is to create the best environment to protect the health and well-being of our national idols while ensuring that visitors get the best possible experience and learn more about Kiwi.
"We are fortunate that several Kiwi houses across the country have recently been renovated, so we were able to learn from these houses and create the best possible environment for our Kiwi in Te Puia
Tracy Johnson says taking care of Kiwi is a growing area.
"You have to rely on your own experience to talk to people as much as you can and create a space where you can change and move New Zealanders flexibly.
"No two Kiwi is the same, but all of us in this industry are working towards the same goal-the best result for our birds.
"Last weekend, Te Puia released two birds raised commercially.
The two were released to Egmont National Park.
They initially arrived at Te Puia from Otorohanga's captive breeding program.
"Before they were released, they came to Te Puia to grow and be nurtured.
"Now they are the right weight and age," Johnson said . ".
The release was carried out by the Taranaki Kiwi Trust in cooperation with the Taranaki Monga project and the Ministry of conservation.
A young couple, Awhi and Kahu, have just come here from Napier and hope they start breeding as soon as they mature.
The third bird is due to arrive on February.