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By sponsoring a hectare you are contributing towards continued restoration efforts in our reserve, from trapping pest species to ensuring our local wildlife thrives. Each hectare has been divided into different territories, from the tui to the huia, each bird calls one of these hectares home.
The chattiest of the New Zealand natives, the tui may appear black from a distance but each feather has iridescent hues of green, blue and purple.
Highly territorial, these birds can be seen defending their patch from kākā, hawks and even falcons. Tui are widespread at Pūkaha and have nested very well the past few years..
Kākā live in this hectare. The word kākā is te reo Māori and means parrot, or “to screech”.
There are probably fewer than 10,000 individuals left, mainly due to habitat loss, however native planting corridors have allowed it to travel from Masterton to Wellington in a single day, helping with the genetic diversity of the species.
Many kākā have been released at Pūkaha over the years.
The lastest kōkako census in 2019 recorded 40 pairs and up to 20 individual birds in the Pūkaha reserve.
Kōkako were recorded as living in this hectare. Kōkako have an extraordinarily haunting song. Like church organs playing alongside a melodic flute, these kōkako duets can be heard dominating the dawn chorus.
The last confirmed location of Huia was the Tararua Ranges, in 1907. Huia could have lived not too far away, here at Pūkaha.
These hectares are all about the vision of returning the forest to it’s former glory, during the time of the Huia. It’s about remembering what happened to the Huia in order to prevent extinction from happening to other species.