A North Island brown kiwi swooped into Taranaki yesterday and took up residence at Lake Rotokare.
The latest arrival is part of the Kohanga Kiwi project which hopes to boost kiwi numbers throughout Taranaki and beyond.
Rotokare Scenic Reserve site manager Simon Collins said the project's aim was to catch or rear 30 unrelated kiwi over the next two years.
"We still have a long way to go but we are going to get in on time and on budget.
"Most importantly we are going to achieve the genetic diversity that's so crucial to the outcomes at the other end of this project."
The new arrival boosted the numbers of kiwi now living in the largest inland pest-free sanctuary to 12.
- Taranaki Daily News