Stella the kākāpō on Codfish Island
Image: Sabine Bernert | ©


DOC and Meridian Energy are partnering together to support the Kākāpō Recovery Programme.

The partnership


Kākāpō are one of New Zealand’s most endangered species. DOC and Meridian Energy have joined forces to support the Kākāpō Recovery Programme, which aims to bring back kākāpō to their former natural range and restore the heartbeat of the land. 

This partnership will contribute to the future growth of the kākāpō population, by helping DOC to fund research and pioneer conservation techniques relating to genetics, nutrition, disease managementand finding new sites. It will also help raise awareness of the plight of kākāpō. 

Key to the success of this programme is the strength of Meridian’s partnership with Ngāi Tahu, which continues to foster understanding and support of each other’s views and long-term aspirations.

"Kākāpō are treasured by Ngāi Tahu as a taonga species, they are part of our tribal identity and it’s wonderful to see that Meridian values them too,” says Tāne Davis, the Ngāi Tahu appointee to the Kākāpō Recovery Group.

Media release about the partnership 23 June 2016

The Kākāpō Recovery Programme

Kākāpō Recovery is a world class conservation programme that has been in place since 1990, working to bring back kākāpō from the brink of extinction from a low of just 50 birds in 1995 to just over 200 in 2021.

The Kākāpō Recovery Programme combines the efforts of scientists, rangers and volunteers, who are charged with looking after the few remaining kākāpō in the world.

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