Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Treasured takahē are coming to Tāwharanui!

22 April 2014

Treasured takahē are coming to Tāwharanui!

One of New Zealand’s most threatened native bird species will soon be making itself at home at Tāwharanui Open Sanctuary.

Auckland Council and the Tāwharanui Open Sanctuary Society Inc (TOSSI), together with major project partner Mitre 10 MEGA Warkworth, are pleased to announce that takahē will be released into the open sanctuary at Tāwharanui Regional Park later this year.

Cr Christine Fletcher, Chair of council’s Parks, Recreation and Sport Committee, welcomes this announcement as a tremendous contribution to conservation.

“Welcoming a treasured species like takahē to Tāwharanui is a sign of maturity for the open sanctuary and a measure of success for this community-focussed park.

“Auckland Council is committed to protecting native bird species and the ecosystems they require to thrive.

“We also acknowledge the agencies, groups and individuals that have worked together to make this happen. Takahē are a significant taonga for Māori and we look forward to working with iwi on this project,” she says.

Open sanctuary coordinator Matt Maitland says this is a major milestone for council’s first open sanctuary and a collaborative effort, centered on the future of a national treasure.

“With only 260 takahē left in the world, which includes just 60 safe breeding pairs, these birds are just moving back from the brink of extinction.

“The Department of Conservation (DOC) Takahē Recovery Programme is focused on increasing the number of breeding pairs at safe sites to ensure takahē are safe from extinction. We are delighted to be partnering with DOC, our community supporters and Mitre 10 MEGA on this.

The first stage is to build a further stretch of containment fence in preparation for the birds’ arrival.

TOSSI Chairman Steve Palmer acknowledges the tremendous support of Mitre 10 MEGA Warkworth, which is allowing the extra length of takahe-proof fence to be built, and is appealing to the public to get on board as well.

“Mitre 10 Takahē Rescue is the principal partner of DOC’s Takahē Recovery Programme and we are thrilled that the local Mitre 10 MEGA team in Warkworth are partners for this special project.

“We have set ourselves a very ambitious target of raising $30,000 to go towards the takahē fence and funding to care for the birds,” he says.

Go to www.tossi.org.nz for more donation and TOSSI membership options.

The release is planned for spring 2014.

Takahē facts (source: Department of Conservation)
• An adult takahē is about the size of a chicken, 50cm high, and weighs three kilograms.
• The closest relative of the takahē is the pūkeko. Takahē are stouter with stubbier legs, have a heavier beak and shield, and unlike pūkeko, have no ability to fly.
• A takahē is far more colourful than a pūkeko with its feathers ranging from deep blue through turquoise to olive green. Pūkeko are mainly black and blue.
• Takahē have wings which are no good for flying but are used for courting and showing their dominance.
• Takahē lay their eggs on a raised nest made of grass making the eggs and chicks highly vulnerable to stoats.
• Mating pairs of takahē produce one to three eggs each season. Of these 80% hatch.
• Both parents incubate the eggs for 30 days and feed the chicks until they are three months old.
• Takahē chicks stay with their parents until they are a year or sometimes two years old
• Naturally occurring takahē populations are only found in the Murchison Mountains in the Fiordland National Park.
• With such small populations, takahē are vulnerable to extinction, particularly if there is a disease outbreak or an increase in predators numbers.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Also, Loan Interest: Productivity Commission On Tertiary Education

Key recommendations include better quality control; making it easier for students to transfer between courses; abolishing University Entrance; enabling tertiary institutions to own and control their assets; making it easier for new providers to enter the system; and facilitating more and faster innovation by tertiary education providers... More>>

ALSO:

Higher Payments: Wellington Regional Council Becomes A Living Wage Employer

Councillor Sue Kedgley said she was delighted that the Wellington Regional Council unanimously adopted her motion to become a Living Wage employer, making it the first regional council in New Zealand to do so. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Images:
Dame Patsy Reddy Sworn In As Governor-General

This morning Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as the New Zealand Realm’s 21st Governor-General. The ceremony began with a pōwhiri to welcome Dame Patsy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne to Parliament. More>>

ALSO:

Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>

ALSO:

With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>

ALSO:

Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news