Thriving baby takahe showcases island sanctuary

  • 09/07/2015
(Photo: B Winstone)
(Photo: B Winstone)

A juvenile takahe thriving on Motutapu Island in the Hauraki Gulf has conservationists rejoicing as they celebrate 21 years of work creating the wildlife sanctuary.

The takahe is the first bird to be born in the island's man-made pest-free environment.

It was born late last year, and is still unnamed, but was the star of the sanctuary's 21st celebrations this year.

Motutapu Restoration Trust chairman Brett Butland, says the bird's survival is a testament to the support of thousands of volunteers' hard work.

"Today we recognise the commitment of all our volunteers over the last 21 years. Together they have created the sanctuary that is now home for many of New Zealand’s threatened species."

It's taken 21 years to turn thousands of hectares of farmland into flourishing native forest in which several endangered species now thrive.

Motutapu also houses Kiwi, shore plover and brown teal, all of which are categorised amongst New Zealand's most endangered species. 

Mr Butland says the baby Takahe's birth is a positive sign for the future of our endangered species.

"Motutapu reflects community conservation at its best. Let us celebrate the past 21 years and look forward to another rewarding decade of ecological and cultural restoration."

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