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Kaimata graduated from Willowbank to the créche on 14 February 2020. Kaimata was just under 300gm on hatch day, and had grown to 880gm by 14 February. Kaimata’s wild roroa parents are Tawhai and Tui, who live near Blackball. Kaimata sometimes “spars” with Tekimoka, but they have also been found sleeping in the same burrow together (and sometimes with one or more of the other two juvenile roroa in the sanctuary)!

Hatched: 1 November 2020
Sex: Unconfirmed
Parents: Tawhai and Tui
Currently lives: in the crèche


In this video it’s Tuesday and you can see the internal pip, the kiwi beak starting to break through.


It’s Wednesday of hatch week and you can see the movement inside.


In this video it’s Thursday afternoon and you can see the movement. The lines on the egg are to show what’s happening with the air pocket.

4 pip is external now


It’s Friday of hatch week and you can see the pip is external now, the kiwi is pecking their way out.

5 veins around the kiwi thinning out


It’s Saturday and you can see the veins around the kiwi thinning out.
heating up


It’s Sunday and things are heating up!
welcome kiwi

Still Sunday

It’s Sunday and welcome to the world.
8 littlest kiwi


It’s Monday and here’s our littlest kiwi.

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