Monday, 23 May 2011

Orokonui Ecosanctuary

By Sue Hensley

The kaka team managed to catch seven of 13 kaka – the three chicks
from this year, three of the four from last year and Mr Roto. Of course, he
is rather easy as he is always curious about what his humans are up to. The
older birds all cleverly evaded capture.

Kleopatra, our one-legged aviary bird, has also shown her inventiveness. Kaka
eat nuts with one claw while standing on the other leg. Kleo has found that
she can eat cashews by shoving them into a small space and nibbling off
chunks. Not a bird-brain at all!

Artist in residence Wallace Crossman produced some stunning paintings for
exhibition at the Gallery on Blueskin, beautifully supported by works from a
soft stone workshop recently run by Moira Crossman.

Queen's birthday weekend is all go. Celebrity chef Charles Royal will be
leading an in-depth native foods cooking demonstration including everything
you need to know from garden to pot with tastings on the side. There
is a fantastic opportunity to join a workshop to make a Manu Aute a
traditional kite flown at Matariki. Storytelling and Kapa Haka
will also feature during the weekend. Some fees apply.

The visitor centre and café are open every day 9.30-4.30. All day self-guided
walking, guided tours and annual passes are available. Details for Queen's
Birthday events and June talks are on Facebook and

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