Two more critically endangered Takahē have been released at Tāwharanui Open Sanctuary. The new birds, named Kikorango and Whito, came from Mana Island and have raised the population of Takahē at the Open Sanctuary to eleven.A good crowd of supporters greeted the birds as they were released from their travel boxes by representatives of TOSSI, Auckland Council, Department of Conservation and sponsors. They appeared relaxed and have quickly settled in to their new home. The total population of Takahe is now thought to be around 300 and the Tāwharanui population has an important role to play as it provides another safe breeding site. TOSSI will continue to monitor the birds and we are all hoping that breeding will commence in spring this year. The ongoing support of all our volunteers and donors in bringing Takahē to Tāwharanui is very much appreciated and we especially recognise the generosity of the Tindall Foundation and Mitre 10 MEGA Warkworth.