On 20 March, the transfer of whio fledglings took place and James York travelled as the iwi representative. The transfer went very well indeed and the weather was cracking.

We flew into the Clinton Valley at 10.30am and luckily found the pair we were looking for with their fledglings fairly quickly. Although the catching was not quite textbook it was nearly perfect, and we ended up with all the birds in the net – eventually. [Read more…]

On 12 February, whānau and the Arahura Kōhanga and one of our local schools, Kaniere Primary welcomed the Department of Conservation and five whio (blue ducks) to our marae for a talk about these beautiful manu.

Everyone gathered in the boardroom quietly to listen to their beautiful call and we were also fortunate enough to each pat a whio. [Read more…]