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

 

Rare breeding takahē pair coming to Wellington

Rare breeding takahē pair coming to Wellington

Wellington, NZ – ZEALANDIA Ecosanctuary has announced that a breeding pair of takahē are planned to be released into the sanctuary next Monday. The pair, named Nio and Orbell, are 14 and 17 years old respectively and currently on Mana Island Scientific Reserve, west of Porirua.

Dr. Danielle Shanahan, Manager of Conservation and Research at the Wellington ecosanctuary, made the announcement via social media this afternoon.

“There is every possibility they could breed at ZEALANDIA this summer, which is incredible news for Wellington and our ongoing success in conservation.”

The takahē have been paired since 2013 and produced four chicks together. Orbell is named after Geoffry Orbell, the physician who rediscovered takahē in 1948, when they were widely thought to be extinct.

Takahē Advocacy Ranger Julie Harvey has been supportive of the translocation and looks forward to seeing the pair adjust to their new home.

“ZEALANDIA has been a great site for engagment for a long time, with high visitor numbers and a passionate crew to tell the takahē story,” said Harvey.

“We’re excited to continue that story for Wellingtonians, and hopefully with some takahē chicks!”

If the pair do breed at the sanctuary, it is likely that the chicks will be allowed to mature before being moved to other sites for genetic diversity.

ZEALANDIA’s current resident takahē, T2, is 22 years old—advanced years for a takahē. He will be moved to a quieter area of the sanctuary to live out his final years and will be closely monitored under the watchful eye of ZEALANDIA Rangers.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: PPPs Are Steven Joyce’s New Imaginary Friend

Like the kid in that Bruce Willis movie who could see dead people, Finance Minister Steven Joyce can see stuff (like holes in Labour budgets) that no-one else can see.

So maybe it shouldn’t be all that surprising that Joyce can also see ‘efficiencies’ and ‘cost savings’ in funding major infrastructural projects through public private partnerships (PPPs). More>>

 
 

Indecision 2017: Election Day Results

National won 46% of the vote with Labour on 35.8%. NZ First won 7.5%, with the Greens on 5.8%. ACT held on to Epsom, but failed to get more MPs. The Maori Party were wiped out of Parliament. There are still special votes to be counted, but clearly National is in the box seat to form the next Government. Full preliminary results >>

ALSO:

Lyndon Hood: Election Lists

While the ship of state is listing, so I thought I would make some lists as well. More>>

ALSO:

Targetting: ACC’s Computer-Aided Decision-Making Questioned

University of Otago researchers are warning of the potential pitfalls in government departments using computer-based risk prediction models, as has been recently revealed through a controversial new tool used by the ACC... More>>

ALSO:

From The Hood: The Campaign Strategist’s Lament

"This election is a chance to really work the record of what nine years of National-led government has done to improve the country for everyone. Or will do. Another three years, maybe six. Thirty-three years, tops. You don’t want to risk that, do you? More>>

PSA Report: National Gets An ‘F’ For Health Funding

"Seeing National’s record on health collected in one place is quite sobering - it’s clear that underfunding is having dire consequences on both patients and staff, who are having to do more than ever with less," says Glenn Barclay, PSA national secretary. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election
 
 
 
  • PublicAddress
  • Pundit
  • Kiwiblog