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Inspiring communities to protect kea, New Zealand's unique mountain parrot

Projects

With funds provided by our donors, we support field and captive kea projects to improve conservation and best management practices for all kea in New Zealand.

With our education and advocacy projects, we aim to increase community engagement and awareness for threats impacting kea. Direct threat mitigation projects focus on removing threats through hands-on community involvement.

If you are able to help fund any of our projects below, please email us.

Our Projects

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  • Research (13)
  • Education and Advocacy (12)
  • Threat Mitigation (7)
  • Community Engagement (6)
Lead Removal from buildings within kea habitat - Jobs for Nature - Mahi mō te Taiao
18 October, 2021
What’s the issue with lead? Lead poisoning has been identified as a major threat to kea throughout their range. This project aims to reduce the incidence...
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Kea Field Ranger Training Programme
6 September, 2021
A large proportion of our work is field-based, in the harsh South Island landscape which kea call home. To be able to do this work safely...
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Kea Discovery Centre
6 September, 2021
The Kea Discover Centre will be located within the grounds of the Kiwi Birdlife Park, Queenstown and set amongst mature native bush. The facility will be...
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NZMCA/Kiwirail Partnership for Kea
21 April, 2020
2020 - 2028 The 92,500-member New Zealand Motor Caravan Association (NZMCA) has joined forces with KiwiRail, the Department of Conservation (DOC) and the Kea Conservation Trust...
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Monitoring threats to kea in the Matukituki Valleys, Mt Aspiring National Park
20 February, 2020
Funded by Auckland Zoo Conservation Fund (2016- present) and NZMCA (2020-2021) The Matukituki Valley in Mt Aspiring NP is considered an important site for kea research...
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Sheep - Kea Conflict Resolution
27 January, 2020
Conflict between kea and New Zealand high country sheep is an ongoing issue which prior to protection being granted to kea in the early 1970s resulted...
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Kea Youth Ambassador Programme
10 January, 2020
This Project is kindly supported by: Launched in 2020, the KCT Youth Ambassador programme is fostering the next generation of kaitiaki, environmental guardians. Students from our...
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Kea for Kids!
3 January, 2020
An exciting partnership between educators will see a new kea education programme, Kea for Kids! rolled out to South Island schools. Our Project Partners Whoa! Studios...
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Perth Catchment (ZIP research site) - kea monitoring
24 December, 2019
In early 2018, Zero Invasive Predators (ZIP) attached transmitters to 31 kea in the Perth Valley. This was part of a study looking at kea mortality...
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Milford Track Kea Initiative - investigating the health and status of kea on the Milford Track
24 December, 2019
Ultimate Hikes has been identifying and removing lead from huts on the Milford Track since 2018 to minimise the impact of lead on kea in Fiordland....
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Lead Free Kea Project Outcomes
22 November, 2019
October 2020 – March 2021 Over the past 6 months, a total of 121 kea have been blood lead tested at 10 key sites (Arthurs Pass,...
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NZFOA - Banding of Kea in Plantation Forestry Estate
13 September, 2019
Funded by NZFOA ($8,800) While kea are known to live and breed throughout South Island Conservation Estates (National Parks etc), little is known about kea in...
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Supporting Kea Recovery
12 September, 2019
April 2019 -2021 - $10,000/annum This three-year partnership aims to support kea recovery through the support of kea conservation projects. Nelmac funds are untagged, which means...
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Supporting Forestry Kea
12 September, 2019
Funded by OneFortyOne (formerly Nelson Forests) (2019-2023) The KCT is very excited to be partnering with OneFortyOne to better understand and support kea utilising plantation forests...
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2019 Kea Summit
24 July, 2019
The Kea Conservation Trust’s second Kea conference (Kea Summit), was held at the Distinction Hotel in Te Anau on Saturday 30th November - Sunday 1st December...
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Back Country Trust- de-leading back country huts for kea
14 May, 2019
The Backcountry Trust (BCT) funds and supports volunteers to maintain huts and tracks in New Zealands remote back country. As part of this work they have...
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The Tasman "Lead Heads"
14 May, 2019
The “Lead Heads”, formed in 2019, are a passionate group of volunteers who are keen to see the end of old lead nail heads and flashings...
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Murchison Mountains kea monitoring
3 January, 2019
Funded by the Nelson Family (in loving memory of Mike and Jean Nelson), Nga Whenua Rahui, Wellington Zoo Conservation Fund, Denver Zoo, Association of Zoos and...
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Bring Back the Kea - NZSki Partnership
7 September, 2018
Platinum Partnership (October 2018-2023) Once regular visitors to all three ski fields, kea have now dwindled at all three sites with no kea at Coronet Peak...
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Removal of lead in kea and their habitat - a community lead-free initiative!
16 April, 2018
Get involved! If you are interested in helping kea become lead-free by sponsoring a kea receiving treatment, starting up a local project or donating materials, funding...
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Community driven kea monitoring in the Stuart Mtns - Fiordland Wapiti Foundation Blocks
4 April, 2018
Funded by Paradise Valley Springs, Clever Kiwis, Denver Zoo, "Name a Kea" donors and Nga Whenua Rahui This multi-year project is building on the Community –...
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Community - Kea Conservation initiatives - growth and future proofing
4 April, 2018
Funded by Department of Conservation Community Fund (DOC CF 2018-2020) This project starting April 2018, builds on our Community - Kea Project Plans and aims to...
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Increased captive standards
6 September, 2017
Prior to 2010, the captive standards for kea were minimal. This resulted in a captive population held in facilities ranging from very barren environments and outdated...
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Kea Konvention - 2017 Outcomes
6 September, 2017
Our very first Kea Konvention, held in Arthur’s Pass village on Saturday 29th – 30th April 2017, attracted 99 attendees. The Konvention was opened by our...
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