Takahē lovebirds, He Maipi and Autahi, flew from Te Anau to their new home on Motutapu Island yesterday, with the help of Air New Zealand.

Date:  24 July 2014

By Amy Cameron | Partnerships Ranger, based in Auckland

A pair of takahē lovebirds have a new home on Motutapu Island in Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf. He Maipi and Autahi flew up from the Burwood Bush Takahē Rearing Unit near Te Anau yesterday with the help of Air New Zealand.

He Maipi and Atuhahi the takahē released.
He Maipi and Atutahi released on Motutapu Island

They were welcomed to the island by Ngāi Tai ki Tāmaki and the Motutapu Restoration Trust.

This pair will bring the number of takahē on the island to 18. It’s hoped He Maipi and Autahi will thrive on pest-free Motutapu and that the pitter patter of tiny takahē feet will not be too far away.

The Department of Conservation works with Mitre 10 to ensure the survival, growth and security of takahē populations throughout New Zealand. 

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