Kōkako recovery project bears fruit

Kōkako recovery project bears fruit


The kokako birds are among
other protected birds that have been flourishing in
the Hunua Ranges post-1080 control. And as Te Rina Kowhai reports, the success of the bird’s population
can also be attributed to the Auckland Council’s
recovery programme. Not an endangered bird anymore
yet still at risk. That’s due to the National Kokako
Recovery programme. The rangers here at Hunua say the drop of 1080 last September
has contributed to today’s success for the kokako. There are 106 pairs of kokako here
in the Hunua Ranges and the programme would like
to see this grow by at least another 200 pairs. Auckland Council’s park rangers
and their volunteers have been managing two areas
at the Hunua Ranges to battle pests, the main area spanning
2000 hectares. Known as ‘The Bird Man’, Tim Lovegrove recalls
introducing the first 25 birds to Hunua in 1994. With bird numbers up
and the ecosystem thriving, the council is now offering
public guided kokako tours in the Hunua Ranges. Te Rina Kowhai, Te Karere.