New Zealand fights to save its flightless national bird

New Zealand fights to save its flightless national bird

New Zealand’s treasured kiwi birds are shuffling around Wellington’s verdant hills for the first time in a century, after a drive to eliminate invasive predators from the capital’s surrounds. Visitors to New Zealand a millennium ago would have encountered a bona fide “birdtopia”—islands teeming with feathered creatures fluttering through life unaware that mammalian predators existed. […]

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New Zealand bird of the year contest bars world’s fattest parrot from running

New Zealand bird of the year contest bars world’s fattest parrot from running

New Zealand’s annual bird of the year competition could usher in another round of controversy, with perennial favourite the kākāpō struck from the ballot after twice winning the competition. The fat, flightless and nocturnal parrot is the only species to reign twice as New Zealand’s favourite bird, in 2020 and 2008. This year, however, it […]

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Māori push for pandemic stimulus spend to save Raukūmara Forest

Māori push for pandemic stimulus spend to save Raukūmara Forest

Two Māoriiwi, or tribal groups, are campaigning for a portion of the New Zealand government’s new COVID-19 economic stimulus package to help save their treasured, ancestral Raukūmara Forest from being overrun by introduced pests. The Raukūmaras stretch across around 200,000 hectares (494,000 acres) of national park and private land along the North Island’s East Cape. […]

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