Wednesday, 20 June 2012

OROKONUI ECOSANCTUARY

By Sue Hensley

The two ambassador takahe that arrived at the end of May have taken
off in different directions. The larger bird, Te Hoiere (Maori for
his previous home of Maud Island), has taken up residence on the
grassland area, staying close to the enclosure and food. He is still a
bit wary of people but is often seen. The other, Quammen (after author
David Quammen's "The song of the Dodo"), has gone "bush" away from people
although he knows the sound of the quad bike means his food hopper
will soon be replenished!

Another animal for advocacy purposes is also now in residence but in
the Visitor Centre. He is a Canterbury jewelled gecko who is unable to
be released to the wild. This will give people the opportunity to see
one of these "endangered by poaching" creatures.

July is packed full of events.
Matariki (June 23 – July 7) features Richard Nunns, Fleur Sullivan and
a star watch with Kai Korero Kane Holmes. Our Waitati School Kapa Haka
group will also perform and a hangi rounds out the programme.

Educator Tahu McKenzie has a number of exciting workshops for the
young at heart both at Orokonui and various sites around the city as
part of the Science Festival (June 30 – July 8). Other workshops
follow on into the school holiday programme.

Details of all these events can be found on www.orokonui.org.nz or on
our facebook page. The Visitor Centre and cafĂ© are open daily 9.30 –
4.30pm.

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