Kākāpō Recovery Programme
Large, flightless and nocturnal, the kākāpō is an eccentric parrot which can live for decades. The kākāpō is listed as critically endangered with the total population sitting at around 160 birds. Kākāpō are only found on offshore islands around New Zealand.
DOC and Meridian Energy have joined forces to support the Kākāpō Recovery Programme, which aims to bring back kākāpō to their former natural range and restore the heartbeat of the land.
This partnership will contribute to the future growth of the kākāpō population, by helping DOC to fund research and pioneer conservation techniques relating to genetics, nutrition, disease management and finding new sites. It will also help raise awareness of the plight of kākāpō.
Key to the success of this programme is the strength of the partnership between Meridian and Ngāi Tahu, which continues to foster understanding and support of each other’s views and long-term aspirations.
“Kākāpō are treasured by Ngāi Tahu as a taonga species, they are part of our tribal identity and it’s wonderful to see that Meridian values them too,” says Tāne Davis, the Ngāi Tahu appointee to the Kākāpō Recovery Group.
Kākāpō Recovery is a world class conservation programme that has been in place since 1990, working to bring back kākāpō from the brink of extinction from a low of just 50 birds in 1995 to around 160 today. The Kākāpō Recovery Programme combines the efforts of scientists, rangers and volunteers, who are charged with looking after the few remaining kākāpō in the world.
“We're committed to helping protect our natural environment and we're proud to be raising awareness of the plight of kākāpō. I saw first-hand the hard work of the dedicated team and had the privilege of getting up close to this amazing bird. It was a once in a lifetime experience and I hope that one day it can be a reality for other New Zealanders”
Department of Conservation Director-General
“DOC’s partnership with Meridian will help us to further develop techniques in the way we manage kākāpō, through research on genetics, nutrition and disease management.”
Ngāi Tahu appointee to the Kākāpō Recovery Group
“Kākāpō are part of our tribal identity and it’s wonderful to see that Meridian values them too.”
To celebrate Meridian becoming the national partner of the Kākāpō Recovery Programme, the newest chicks visited our Manapōuri hydro power station.
Here’s the group representing DOC, Meridian and Ngāi Tahu on the day, with the kākāpō in their custom-built viewing enclosure.
DOC Threatened Species Ambassador Nicola Toki and Manapōuri site manager John Twidle with visiting kākāpō in their custom-built viewing enclosure at Manapōuri hydro power station.
The Kākāpō Recovery Programme is a world class conservation effort that has been in place since 1990, working to bring kākāpō back from the brink of extinction from a low of just 50 birds in 1995.
Kākāpō are native to New Zealand and are listed as a critically endangered species, with around 160 known surviving birds as of June 2016.
Meridian’s partnership with DOC will help to develop kākāpō conservation techniques, particularly through research on genetics, nutrition and disease management.
After their visit to Manapōuri hydro station, the kākāpō chicks were transported by helicopter to Pukenui/Anchor Island for release into the wild.