Cause of a kiwi death un­known

The Northland Age - - Local News -

Ad­vanced de­com­po­si­tion made it im­pos­si­ble to de­ter­mine how a kiwi found at the site of last month’s fire at Rangi­houa died, but the Depart­ment of Con­ser­va­tion doubts that it died as a re­sult of the fire.

A wit­ness to the Jan­uary 19 blaze said she heard kiwi scream­ing when flames en­veloped a hill­side above the beach, on the Pure­rua Penin­sula, af­ter a man ap­par­ently det­o­nated some sort of home-made ex­plo­sive de­vice.

A mem­ber of the pub­lic found the dead kiwi at the base of the cliff near Mars­den Cross on Jan­uary 21. It was re­ported to DoC on Jan­uary 29, and re­trieved by rangers the fol­low­ing day.

Senior ranger Adrian Walker the bird’s state of de­com­po­si­tion, as seen in a photo taken on Jan­uary 21, it was likely to have died at least a week be­fore the fire. How­ever, given the poor state of the mum­mi­fied spec­i­men, which had been im­mersed in sea wa­ter, it was im­pos­si­ble to de­ter­mine the cause of death.

A 25-year-old Kerik­eri man has been charged with ar­son in re­la­tion to the ex­plo­sion.

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