The Kea Conservation Trust directs funds into both captive (ex-situ) and field (in-situ) projects to support conservation and best management practice of all Kea in New Zealand. We also direct funds into education and advocacy projects to increase community engagment and awareness of the threats impacting kea and threat mitigation projects which actively focus on minimising or removing these threats through hands-on community involvement.
All of these projects are now being pulled together under the banner of our DRAFT Strategic Plan for Kea Conservation while projects which specifically target and support kea populations across the South Island are being developed within 9 key Community – Kea Project Plans. This will provide better coordination of on the ground initiatives which are tailored to each areas specific needs.
If you are able to help fund any of our projects below, please email us
Our Current Projects
- Population Surveys – Kahurangi National Park and the Kaikoura Mountains
- Nest monitoring – Arthurs Pass (Otira and the Hawdon Valley), Nelson Lakes, Kiwi Saddle (Kahurangi) and Borland (Fiordland)
- Mt Aspiring kea population and nest monitoring
- Surface Repellent Trials
Education and Advocacy
- Winter Education and Advocacy Tour
- Signs for Arthurs Pass
- School resources
- Arthur’s Pass Kea Conservation Project
- Removal of lead in kea habitat
- Conflict resolution
- Sheep – kea conflict resolution
- Predator Control – Rotoiti Kea Nest Protection Programme
Watch this short video from Wellington Zoo keeper Ryan Cartlidge, who joined our Feild Coordinator Corey Mosen and kea apprentice, Tom Goodman, for a busy week of nest monitoring at Nelson Lakes and Arthurs Pass, relocation of kea during conflict resolution work at Kaiteriteri and a trip to the vet for an injured kea in Arthurs Pass.