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
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 www.orokonui.org.nz or on our Facebook page. The
Visitor Centre and café are open daily.