August 11, 2023
Fiordland haven eyed for rare manu
A predator free island in Fiordland’s Tamatea/Dusky Sound is being assessed as a potential home for Aoteaora’s rarest parakeet, the orange-fronted kākāriki karaka.
Department of Conservation kākāriki karaka operations manager Wayne Beggs says DOC and Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, who jointly runs the species recovery programme, are looking for more sites to release birds bred by The Isaac Conservation and Wildlife Trust and Orana Wildlife Park near Christchurch.
Kaumātua Michael Skerrett says the four southern Ngāi Tahu papatipu rūnanga are keen to host the manu on Pukenui/Anchor Island.
Kākāriki karaka are the rarest mainland forest bird in Aotearoa, with about 330 left in the wild.