Cause of a kiwi death unknown
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.