This is one of those good news stories whose simplicity belies the enormous amount of work done by many people over decades. As human beings, we make a mess of our home – but we are also capable of doing great things when we fully accept stewardship of the environment in which we live. I hope that when my children’s children are long gone, the eerie boom of the kākāpō will still echo across the hills of my home.
The distinctive musty odour of kākāpō wafts through the forest as tangata whenua (literally, people of the land) softly chant to welcome back this parrot to Hauturu – Little Barrier Island. The bird tentatively pokes her head out of her travelling cage and then scuttles a short distance into the dense undergrowth, pausing to check her new surroundings. My eyes brim, unexpectedly moved by the connection of this bird to local Māori, and a very special island. It is inspiring to be part of another step forward to securing the future of kākāpō.
Kākāpō are a large, flightless nocturnal parrot, found only in New Zealand. They have their own facebook page and crowd-funding campaign which contributes to the recovery of this species. Photo: Jacqueline Beggs
By 1995, only 51, mostly adult male kākāpō survived. Previous decades had documented a continual decline in numbers, despite…
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