Te Manahuna Aoraki release birds
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Te Manahuna Aoraki is a large-scale conservation partnership focused on restoring the iconic natural landscapes and threatened species of the upper Mackenzie Basin and Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park.


The Te Manahuna Aoraki project will enhance biodiversity across 310,000 hectares of both public and private land including braided river systems and alpine habitats.

The Department of Conservation founded the project together with NEXT Foundation, Te Rūnaka o Arowhenua, Te Rūnaka o Waihao and Te Rūnaka o Moeraki. The Temanahuna Aoraki Project is partnering with high country landowners, councils, government departments and philanthropists to work towards a common vision.

Te Manahuna Aoraki will secure a safe habitat for endangered species ranging from kea and tuke/rock wren in the alpine zone to braided river species such as ngutu pare/wrybill, kaki/black stilt and tūturiwhatu/banded dotterel. Many other species including robust grasshoppers, skinks and scree weta, the yellow alpine buttercup, New Zealand mousetail and cypress hebe will benefit from this work.

The project was launched in 2018 and involves a $4.5 million three-year interim phase to extend protection for endangered species, strengthen relationships among the partners, and test tools and techniques for a proposed 20-year landscape-scale predator-free area.

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