Cowley to visit special kiwi that inspired book
The author of a children's book about one of Pukaha Mt Bruce's white kiwi will return to the wildlife sanctuary on Wednesday.
Joy Cowley, who wrote Manukura, The White Kiwi, will read the book at Pukaha Mt Bruce at noon, sign copies and answer questions.
Children can visit the sanctuary for free on Wednesday so they can see Cowley and the star of the book first hand.
Hatched on May 1 last year, Manukura was the first of three white kiwi to hatch at Pukaha Mt Bruce. The third yet-to-be-named bird hatched late last month.
"The books have been selling very well. A lot of people have bought them for presents, and the chance to have them signed makes the present so much more special," Pukaha Mt Bruce manager Kathy Houkamau said.
Cowley's story is about how Manukura came into the world and its life at Pukaha Mt Bruce.
Its key message is that Manukura is special, just like the other kiwi at the sanctuary, and how all children are special.
Cowley said she was enlivened by the story of Manukura, and enjoyed making the connection between Manukura's specialness and all children's uniqueness.
A great-grandmother, Cowley said she was looking forward to spending more time with children at Pukaha Mt Bruce, and was more than happy to lend her support again.
Each year, the Pukaha Mt Bruce board aims to raise more than $150,000 to maintain its predator control programme to protect the wildlife at the sanctuary.