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The growing mana of the kākāpō

The rimu are expected to mast in the South this summer, supporting the kākāpō population to breed again. Following highly successful breeding seasons in 2016 and 2019, the kākāpō population is doing well and is currently sitting at 201 individual birds.

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New fishing rules for the Whakaraupō Mātaitai

A south island hapū are celebrating a new bylaw that will limit fishing within the Whakaraupō Mātaitai reserve. Te Hapū o Ngāti Wheke say the decision from the Ministry of Fisheries is crucial to safeguarding the local fisheries. Henare Te Aika-Puanaki with this story.

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Saving Kākāpō

The kākāpō is one of the rarest parrots in the world and every year countless people from around the world, including dozens of hard-working volunteers, give their time and energy trying to save the kākāpō from the brink of extinction. Once widespread in New Zealand, by the time Europeans arrived in the early 1880s, kākāpō…

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Pīngao – Bush and Beyond

Pīngao (Desmoschoenus spiralis), or golden sand sedge is found only in New Zealand and is one of the best sand dune stabilizing plants in coastal areas. It is also a plant of considerable cultural and spiritual significance to Māori. There are legends associated with it and it is highly prized as a durable weaving material….

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