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Kakapo Nestcam Streams Live To The World

17 April 2014

Kakapo Nestcam Streams Live To The World

For the first time ever, the global public will be able to watch kakapo nesting activity live, thanks to a special partnership between Telecom NZ and Kakapo Recovery.

A camera has been set up at a nest on remote Whenua Hou/Codfish Island – off the northwest of Stewart Island in Foveaux Strait – and is streaming real time footage of foster mother Esperence caring for a chick.

Telecom has supplied most of the technology required to broadcast the activity as it happens.

Kakapo Recovery programme manager Deidre Vercoe Scott said very few people in the world had ever had the chance to witness kakapo nesting, given kakapo didn’t breed every year and it occurred in such a remote place, with limited access to technology.

“This year, we’ve had the first breeding since 2011. To be able to share this rare event with our supporters throughout the world is extremely exciting and we are so grateful to Telecom for helping us make it happen.”

Telecom General Manager Corporate Relations Andrew Pirie said it was a valuable opportunity to support Kakapo Recovery in a way that would increase awareness and enhance education about a critically endangered New Zealand species.

“Because so much of the recovery programme takes place in the wild, on remote and protected islands, kakapo nesting has to-date been limited to a very small audience. We’re delighted to have the connectivity in this remote location, and to contribute the technology needed to enable this precious event to be shared live with the world,” he said.

Kakapo Recovery is a partnership between the New Zealand Department of Conservation, New Zealand Aluminium Smelters Ltd (NZAS) and Forest & Bird.

NZAS general manager Gretta Stephens said she was thrilled people all over the world could share in the success of the programme. “Our staff at NZAS have loved working in partnership with the Recovery team during the past 24 years, helping out on the island with maintenance, supplementary feedout and nest minding. It’s great that the team can now share part of that special kākāpō experience with the rest of New Zealand.”

The nestcam footage will stream via the Kakapo Recovery website 24 hours a day, however the activity will occur during the New Zealand night time, because kakapo are nocturnal.

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Further information:
• Six kakapo chicks survived this season;
• Total kakapo population now at 129 birds
Hauturu o Toi / Little Barrier
o Female Heather produced 3 eggs - 1 infertile egg, and 2 fertile eggs;
o Heather One hatched on the island
o Heather Two’s egg was transferred to Whenua Hou/Codfish Island to ensure that when it hatched the chick didn’t have to compete with its older sibling in the nest, for food
Whenua Hou / Codfish Island
o Five chicks successfully hatched, including Heather Two from Hauturu O Toi and are doing well (asixth chick – Huhana One – died a few hours after hatching)

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Conservation in partnership:
DOC’s kākāpō recovery work is actively supported by a partnership involving New Zealand Aluminium Smelters Limited and Forest & Bird.

First signed 24 years ago, the agreement is DOC’s longest running conservation partnerships and NZAS has already injected more than $4 million towards breeding programmes, predator proof sanctuaries and innovative research for the flightless parrot.

Its long term kākāpō recovery goal is to have 150 females at three separate sites, one of which is self-sustaining.


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