Date: 20 June 2012
The students at Whananaki Primary School know what it takes to protect their local brown teal/pāteke and kiwi.
DOC staff, local residents, and school students got together on 17 May 2012 to unveil a new interpretation sign at Otamure Bay, Whananaki North. This sign informs people of where pāteke and kiwi live and what locals and visitors to Whananaki can do to protect them.
Pāteke and kiwi are active at night, and therefore are vulnerable to being run over by cars when crossing roads. Uncontrolled dogs are also a major threat to these birds, which are defenceless against attack.
Whananaki Primary School students with the new pāteke and kiwi interpretation sign at Otamure Bay
This sign features artwork created by the students during their learning about native birds and the threats they face from dogs, cars and introduced predators such as stoats and wild cats.
The sign was blessed by local kaumatua, and after a hearty BBQ, the students got stuck into painting estuary-themed murals for display on their school wall.
While the students were painting, a dozen local dogs went through kiwi or pāteke aversion training with their owners. This method trains dogs to avoid these birds and is a useful tool when used in conjunction with good dog control.