An excerpt from our 2021 March newsletter:

Aotearoa recently celebrated reaching 2000 breeding pairs!! From only 300 pairs in the 90’s, their threat status has been updated to recovering (though still at-risk).
A note from Sam, who attended the event in Pureora (read more about the event here): “It was an honour to attend an event with so many humble people, who have given so much to conservation in Aotearoa. The trip started with a road trip with Ark founder John Sumich, and hearing stories from the start of the project. We arrived in Pureora Thursday evening before the event, spent an evening serenaded by two snorers resembling chainsaws, then awoke at 6am to hear the dawn chorus. The waiata of the kōkako will forever leave me with goosebumps, and the height of the canopy in Pureora adds to the atmosphere. Besides the stags roaring, we were also visited by local regulars such as kākā, toutouwai (NI robin), and koekoeā (long-tailed cuckoo). The event was focused on celebrating those who have given so much, like Ian Flux and John Innes, as well as fostering a feeling of community celebration. The strength of iwi and Māori presence and the sharing of mātauranga Māori was an amazing experience, and the Ark team is always greatful to the iwi who donated kōkako to the Waitākere Ranges, including Ngāti Rereahu of Pureora. As a sapling among many forest giants, I learned a lot, and am optimistic for the future of kōkako conservation at the Ark and across Aotearoa.”

Kōkako poster!

The poster below was built with a template provided by the Department of Conservation’s kōkako recovery group, and was created with input from amazing volunteers at the Ark in the Park, and our talented kōkako contractors Dave & Amanda. You can check out the downloadable pdf here.

Ark in the Park is located in the Waitākere Ranges, which are currently closed to minimise the spread of kauri dieback disease.