Ten critically endangered Takahē have been released at Tāwharanui Open Sanctuary as part of the programme to ensure the survival of this amazing native bird. Hundreds of people gathered to see the birds and participate in a ceremony that recognised the significance of the birds for Ngāi Tahu and the value of partnerships in conservation.
With only 58 breeding pairs at safe sites right now, Tāwharanui has an import role to play as it provides another safe home to breed more takahē.
Tāwharanui Open Sanctuary Society chair Ngaire Wallen said planning and fundraising for the arrival of takahē has been the society’s major project for the last 12 months.
“We are confident that takahe will be another very successful translocation into the open sanctuary. With only around 260 takahē left in the world, these ten birds are incredibly precious.”
“TOSSI and our community have supported the building of additional containment fence in preparation for the birds’ arrival. We are also well prepared to closely monitor the birds to maximize their wellbeing, particularly in the first month after their arrival. We are confident they will settle in well and thrive here.”
“The ongoing support of all our volunteers and donors is very much appreciated and we especially recognise the generosity of the Tindall Foundation and Mitre 10 MEGA Warkworth,” said Ngaire Wallen.
“Takahē are taonga and we thank Ngāi Tahu for their support in transporting these 10 takahē from Fiordland to Tāwharanui. We know the birds will be safe in their new home in the care of the Tāwharanui mana whenua, Ngati Manuhiri, Auckland Council and TOSSI,” said Deidre Vercoe Department of Conservation Takahē Conservation Manager.