Pukenui Western Hills Forest Charitable Trust

Wildlife monitoring

Weta Boxes in Pukenui Forest

Here is an example of a well-constructed weta box. These boxes have been set up in the Pukenui Forest. Weta are an ancient New Zealand life form and are under constant pressure from predators such as rats and stoats.

Weta Box

A weta box provides protection for weta when they are resting between meals. They are primarily vegetation eaters and help re-cycle the forest leaves that provide humus for the next generation of native seedlings.

Weta Box

There are many types of weta, the most charismatic being giant weta. Their size means they have been wiped out from the mainland for a long time and just hang on to existence on off-shore islands such as the Poor Knights and Little Barrier.


Gerry Brackenbury
Forest Ranger - Gerry Brackenbury

Pekapeka - Long Tailed Bat
Pekapeka - Long Tailed Bat