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Projects

NZSki's Bring back the Kea - The Mt Hutt Project
09 Feb 2024
A partnership between NZSki, University of Canterbury and the KCT Tracking feral cats and mustelids using camera traps Kea (Nestor notabilis) were once commonly observed on...
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The Great KCT Data Review!
22 Jan 2024
The Kea Conservation Trust has gathered data on kea (biodata, sightings, conflict/incident information, nest progress/outcomes, camera footage, catch information, tracking outcomes, behavioural observations ) and their...
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Kea Summit - 2022
04 Nov 2022
The Kea Conservation Trust’s third kea conference (Kea Summit), was hosted by NZSki at Coronet Peak base building in Tāhuna/Queenstown on Saturday 4th June - Sunday...
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Lead Removal from buildings within kea habitat - Jobs for Nature - Mahi mō te Taiao
18 Oct 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
06 Sep 2021
Funded by the Withiel Charitable Trust A large proportion of our work is field-based, in the harsh South Island landscape which kea call home. To be...
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Kea Discovery Centre
06 Sep 2021
The Kea Discovery Centre will be located within the grounds of the Kiwi Park, Queenstown and set amongst mature native bush. The facility will be made...
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NZMCA/Kiwirail Partnership for Kea
21 Apr 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 Feb 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 Jan 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 Jan 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!
03 Jan 2020
An exciting partnership between educators and Whoa! Studios has resulted in a new kea education programme, Kea for Kids! for South Island schools. Whoa! Studios The...
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Perth Catchment (ZIP research site) - kea monitoring
24 Dec 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 Dec 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 Nov 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 Sep 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 Sep 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 Sep 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 Jul 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
03 Jan 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
07 Sep 2018
Five Year - Platinum Partnership (October 2018-2023) Once regular visitors to all three ski fields, kea have now dwindled at all three sites with no kea...
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Removal of lead in kea and their habitat - a community lead-free initiative!
16 Apr 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
04 Apr 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
04 Apr 2018
Funded by Department of Conservation Community Fund (DOC CF 2018-2024) This project starting April 2018, builds on our Community - Kea Project Plans and aims to...
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Increased captive standards
06 Sep 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
06 Sep 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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Fiordland Kea Sightings Project
16 Dec 2016
Supported by the Fiordland Wapiti Foundation (FWF) and Paradise Valley Springs. The Fiordland Wapiti Foundation (FWF) is supporting kea conservation by encouraging their members, to return...
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Kea Konvention 2017
12 Dec 2016
Arthur's Pass - 29th -30th April (Department of Conservation Visitors Centre - West Coast Rd, Arthur's Pass Village) Thank you to all of those people who...
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Mt Aspiring population and nest monitoring
06 Oct 2016
Funded by Auckland Zoo Conservation Fund. Equipment funded by Craig Butcher. Supported by DOC Wanaka. This project aims to develop a community kea catch trip, survey and...
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