How It All Started
Kuaotunu Bird Rescue started in 2005 when someone brought an abandoned duckling to Annemieke Kregting. As a veterinary nurse all of her working life, originally trained in Holland, Annemieke was the ideal person for this job.
Local people then started bringing other injured, orphaned or ill wild birds to Annemieke, and Kuaotunu Bird Rescue came into being.
In 2009 Kuaotunu Bird Rescue was licensed by the Department of Conservation, and in 2014 it became a member of WrenNZ which is a Rehabilitation organisation in NZ. Membership of WrenNZ enables Kuaotunu Bird Rescue to attend yearly conferences and meet up with other rehabilitators in NZ.
An Ever Increasing Workload
Today Kuaotunu Bird Rescue handles between 250 and 300 birds per year.
Birds are brought in from the very tip of the Coromandel Peninsula to as far as Whangamata, and include most bush, wading and seabirds, to the more unusual and less frequently seen such as bitterns and albatross.
To better handle this workload Kuaotunu Bird Rescue has recently upgraded its hospital which now has a critical care/treatment room and 3 aviaries.
Establishment of a Charitable Trust
Annemieke has always been grateful for the support she receives from the Kuaotunu community who have assisted her over the years in the ever-increasing workload involved in looking after such numbers of birds.
Kuaotunu locals have provided not only financial support but also gifts of food and supplies and help with feeding, cleaning etc.
In 2018 Annemieke decided that the work of Kuaotunu Bird Rescue needed to be formalised via the establishment of a Charitable Trust, so that she could access more sustainable funding for the work she does. The Kuaotunu Bird Rescue Trust was formed in October 2019.
We have had several volunteers come and go in the last 10 years. Currently we have 3 adult volunteers who come when needed.
We also have three youngsters living in the area, JJ who last year received the Forest and Bird environmental award at school, and Lila who has just joined at the age of 10 and is a very competent girl who learns fast. Quin is also local and has been helping for two summers so far and hopefully will return.
Kuaotunu Bird Rescue loves working with young people who are keen to learn.
Jasmine lives in Coromandel town and has shown a real interest in raising young birds. She often fosters ducklings for us.
Angela from Sydney holding a Petrel being tube fed.
Sue Grieg, our local retired Medical Doctor has joined us as a volunteer.
Overseas visitors are always happy to lend a hand. Jenneke from Holland first encounter with a penguin.
Become a Volunteer Courier Driver
Because we cover most of the Coromandel Peninsula, some rescuers do not always have transport or the time to get the birds to us.
If you would love to be a volunteer courier driver then contact us and let us know what areas you can cover.