**Meet our newest Kiwi**
The winning name is….
Thanks to everyone that took part in suggesting a name for our newest kiwi, there were some really great names suggested which made it difficult to choose!
However, after much discussion one name stuck out to us as it holds special significance to the area that our kiwi has been released.
**Bertrand** is a well-known name of one of our early Maori settler families of Purangi. The family members also feature on the roll of honour board of those that fought in the war 1939-1945. This roll of honour board is still proudly displayed in the Purangi church today, the church itself an important reminder of Maori and European history as St Peter’s is now 111 years old, built entirely by Maori hands and resembles a more traditional wharenui than an old Anglican country church.
With this we decided Bertrand is a perfect name to celebrate history, preservation and hope for the future.
Thanks for the suggestion Phillip George!