MUSIC AND DANCING: The Backporch Music Duo will be providing entertaining at the Bush Bash.

WHAKATANE Kiwi Trust is holding a Bush Bash next weekend to raise funds for new equipment for monitoring kiwi in the wild.

The Bush Bash will be a night of live music, dancing, supper and a charity auction on Saturday, April 6.

Entertainment will be provided by the Backporch Music Duo who will be playing a wide range of music from Johnny Cash and Buddy Holly, to Eric Clapton and Hello Sailor – and even a few contemporary artists like Ben Harper and Teeks.

The event is being held at the Ohope Christian Camp on Pohutukawa Avenue, and begins at 7pm.

Whakatane Kiwi Trust events co-ordinator Danielle Guy says a tasty supper of antipasto platters, hot and cold savouries and sweet treats is included in the ticket price of $60 for the general public, and $45 for Whakatane Kiwi Trust volunteers.

“All guests will receive a free drink on arrival, and a cash bar will be available for guests to purchase additional beverages at reasonable prices.

PINGERS: Whakatane Kiwi Trust volunteers Laura Morgan and John Black use telemetry sets to track monitors attached to the legs of kiwi. Photo Neil Hutton

“This will be a hoot of an evening with live music, a traditional supper meal, and a short charity auction to raise funds for the Trust’s kiwi monitoring operations.”

The trust plans to use funds raised to puchase new telemetry, or “chick pinging” equipment. The telemetry sets are used by volunteers to track, locate and monitor the breeding of kiwi around Whakatane and Ohope.

“Signals are sent from a small transmitter fitted to the kiwi’s leg, which relays all sorts of information without having to disturb the kiwi,” Danielle says. “This equipment is vital to monitoring kiwi survival and ensuring that our predator control network is doing its job.

“Some fantastic auction items have been donated by the trust’s sponsors and friends; and a prize will also be given for the best dressed guest, so feel free to dress up in your favourite Kiwiana costume such as Footrot Flats, Barry Crump, the Topp Twins, the All Blacks and, of course, our beloved kiwi birds.

Whakatane Kiwi Trust chairman John Pullar encourages the community to come along to the Bush Bash. “It’s going to be a fun night for everyone, as well as supporting our volunteers who work tirelessly in the bush to save our national icon.”

Tickets can be purchased at Tui Aotearoa Gift Shop at 102 The Strand, Whakatane; or online via the Whakatane Kiwi Trust website, www.whakatanekiwi.org.nz. Click on the “get involved” tab and select “Bush Bash” for more information.