Welcome to the Paparoa Wildlife Trust

We are a community conservation initiative dedicated to running effective conservation projects in the Paparoa Ranges near Greymouth. Our goal is to halt the decline of our wonderfully iconic but highly threatened native species.

To date our main focus has been on management, research and advocacy for great spotted kiwi (roroa) in the south Paparoa Ranges.

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Latest blog posts

Tree of the Month – December 2016

30th December, 2016
By Jo Halley Kaikomako Pennantia corymbosa Kaikomako means “food of the bellbird”, referring to this tree’s small black berries that ripen in autumn, which are much relished by bellbirds, tui and kereru. This is one of my favourite small native trees. It starts out with a distinctive divaricating juvenile form, with an abundance of small, […] » Read the full article here

Bird of the Month – December 2016

30th December, 2016
By Jo Halley Ruru   “Morepork” Ninox novaeseelandiae Ruru is our only remaining native owl. Its call is an iconic sound in the New Zealand night-time, “more-pork, more-pork”. Luckily the ruru has adapted reasonably well to human impact on our landscape, and can be found in gardens in suburbia, as well as in forests. Moreporks are […] » Read the full article here

Bird of the Month – November 2016

28th November, 2016
Grey Warbler    “Riroriro”  Gerygone igata By Jo Halley Riroriro are among few native forest-dwelling birds to have adapted and thrived, since New Zealand was settled by humans and their suite of introduced mammalian predators. They live in a wide range of habitats throughout the country, predominantly in bush or scrub. These tiny birds weigh less […] » Read the full article here

Tree of the Month – November 2016

28th November, 2016
By Jo Halley Kamahi   Weinmannia racemosa Kamahi is one of our commonest native trees. It’s very predominant in West Coast forests, associating with podocarps, rata, beech and quintinia. It is very obvious at the moment, as it is in full flower. Growing up to 25m, kamahi is a mid-sized tree. Often multi-trunked, with smooth, light-coloured […] » Read the full article here

Catching Jessie – November 2016

22nd November, 2016
Jo Halley is our kiwi ranger. Below is her account of catching Jessie – a ONE released kiwi that lives in the ranges behind Blackball. “Fran (one of our volunteers) came with me to check on Jessie’s harness, in the hope Stamper would be with her. Stamper lost his transmitter last autumn after I couldn’t catch […] » Read the full article here