Friday, 28 June 2013


By Sue Hensley

Orokonui's takahe "pair" Paku and Quammen are now happily free ranging

in the top grassy areas. Long may it last! Although these two look

like developing a pair bond they are unlikely to breed. Their role is

to advocate for their species rather than increase the population.

Both have had a long history of unsuccessful breeding attempts. They

are being fed daily around 11am and it has been great to watch these

birds feeding and bathing oblivious to the quiet gathering of


Kiwi call monitoring has been completed for the season. Volunteers

went out 18 times over five months and listened for two hours at a

number of designated places (4–6 depending on number of listeners

available). They logged a total of 396 kiwi calls. Microphones have

also been placed in the sanctuary and have correlated well with human

counts. They will be left out until the end of June collecting data on

kiwi calling right throughout the night.

A good number of hardy souls braved the wintry conditions to attend

the highly acclaimed Richard Nunns and Paddy Free concerts. Although

snow forced the postponement of Fleur's cooking workshop it delighted

other visitors who have been able to follow the numerous kiwi and

takahe footprints along the main walking tracks.

Fleur's cooking workshop will now be held on 5 July and there are

still a couple of places left. There are two Matariki events remaining

for July – "a conversation with the stars" led by Kane Holmes on 6 July

4.30 pm and a plant a star and story time workshop on 7 July at

11 am.

A range of fun holiday programme workshops will keep children of all

ages entertained these holidays and details of these and other events

can be found on or on our Facebook page. The

Visitor Centre and café are open daily.

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