Kaka Conservation 

To succeed on the northern mainland, Kaka are dependent on the availability of food, the control of predators, and on finding suitable nest sites.  Kaka are cavity nesters, requiring large cavities in mature trees such as Puriri, Rimu and Totara.   Nest success depends largely on control of pest predators.

To help Kaka succeed in your area there are several things that you can do:

  1. 1.Protect native trees in your neighbourhood or on your farm.  Fence these off to exclude animals that may damage the trees or prevent natural regeneration of seeds (from cattle and sheep to deer and goats).

  2. 2.Plant native tree species for future food sources and nest sites.  These include trees such as Puriri, Rimu, Totara, Kauri,  Kahikatea, Kowhai, Rewarewa, Karo, etc  Any native tree that produces flowers and fruit will benefit Kaka and other native birds such as Kereru and Tui.

  3. 3.Control pests including stoats, possums, rats and feral cats that are known to attack and destroy Kaka eggs, chicks, and adult females on the nest, or are a threat to fledglings that are just learning to fly.  All these pests are an equal threat to Kaka, so any pest control programme preferably needs to target the full range. 

For more information on predator pest control please contact your local or regional Council Biosecurity Team.