Date: 02 October 2013
66 local hunting dogs were trained by the Department of Conservation to avoid so that they can hunt in local areas where wild kiwi live, such as the Tongariro Forest.
The training teaches dogs to stay away from kiwi, as dogs are a serious threat to adult kiwi as they find their smell irresistible and easily crush them in their mouths.
Ranger Daniel Hurley said, “It was great to see such a strong response from the local hunting community making sure they protect New Zealand’s iconic species while enjoying their sport of hunting.”
Local hunting dog Buck learning that kiwi are to be avoided.
If you are planning to hunt in any of the following areas you require a certificate showing that your dogs are certified to avoid kiwi, and a hunting permit from DOC. Conservation areas: Tongariro, Erua, Rangataua, Rangataua No:2, Moturoa. Scenic Reserves: Waimarino, Raurimu, Whakapapa Island, Pokaka, and Manga Te Puhi. Many private land owners also now choose to allow access to hunters with kiwi avoidance trained dogs.
In addition to avoidance training, all dogs must be obedient, and not roam unattended. Any lost or roaming dogs must be reported to the nearest DOC office as soon as possible.
The kiwi avoidance training is held locally once a year at the beginning of September. If you would like to be included on the contact list, please email email@example.com
If you need to have your dog trained in the interim, please contact Jim Pottenger on + 64 21 259 8299. Find out more at Avoidance-training for dogs
Partnerships Manager King Country
Department of Conservation
Phone: +64 7 892 3461
Mobile: +64 27 246 8628