Whio being released into the Tongariro river by DOC, Genesis Energy, Tongariro River Rafting, and school students
Image: Cat Amaya-Perilla | DOC


Genesis Energy is partnering with DOC to extend its support for whio/blue duck recovery at a national level. View a video about the programme.

Whio Forever, Genesis, and DOC logos.
Genesis Energy is partnering with DOC to save whio
Genesis Energy is partnering with DOC to save New Zealand's unique whio/ blue duck. Over the next five years extra funding and resources will be provided to fully implement the Whio Recovery Plan 2009–2019. 

They are one of four species of duck in the world that live permanently in rivers. With fewer than 3,000 birds left, whio are rarer than some other New Zealand iconic species.

Whio release at Tongariro Forest by Genesis Energy staff.
Whio release at Tongariro Forest by Genesis Energy staff

The partnership

Genesis Energy is providing resources and their technical experts to support the work at a national level.

The recovery efforts will be focused at the eight ‘security sites’ to ensure the retention of viable duck population at these sites and making them fully operational. Recovery work will be extended to cover long-term ‘recovery sites’.

The Genesis Energy Whio Recovery Programme will be implemented over five years. It will complement the current whio recovery efforts and effectively double the current level of work.

DOC is currently working with a number of private and public organisations and community groups across the country on whio recovery. These initiatives underpin the recovery work and are critical to achieving viable whio population.

Visit the Whio Forever website.

Winners at the 2014 Green Ribbon Awards

At the Ministry for the Environment's Green Ribbon Awards in June 2014, the Genesis Energy Whio Recovery Programme received the 'Protecting our biodiversity' award.

"By working with Genesis Energy on this programme, we are able to do more work to protect the whio and provide practical and immediate on-the-ground benefits for these threatened birds," — Lou Sanson, DOC Director-General

Videos about whio recovery 

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