Yellow-eyed penguin/hoiho

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You had your say on the new strategy to support the ecological and cultural health of hoiho/yellow-eyed penguins. Submissions closed 5 pm 20 September 2019.

To help nationally endangered Hoiho we proposed strategy, Te Kaweka Takohaka mō te Hoiho, which establishes proactive steps to help them back to health. A supporting document, Te Mahere Rima Tau /Five-year action plan, outlines the actions needed to take these steps.

From 3 August until 5 pm on 20 September 2019, we asked for your feedback. The Hoiho Governance Group and Technical Group are reviewing all responses which will inform the final version of the strategy. The Partners will develop and release the revised strategy and action plan before the end of 2019.

The opportunity to give feedback has now closed, but if you have any queries email

About the proposal

Hoiho are a nationally endangered species. There are two distinct populations. The northern population is in decline, and we need fast action to avoid their extinction on the mainland. Little is known about the southern population.

To support the health and wellbeing of hoiho, we proposed an integrated strategy and action plan. Recommendations from numerous reports and the hard work of many have helped form their foundation.

What was proposed?

The philosophy of 'ki uta ki ta' which means ‘from the mountains to the sea’, guides the approach. This holistic Kāi Tahu philosophy recognises and manages the interconnectedness of the whole environment.

Te Kaweka Takohaka mō te Hoiho provides direction and guidance for the four partners and others involved in hoiho conservation. It sets out the strategic priorities to address the gap between where we are (current state) and where we would like to be (future state).

The actions to achieve the strategic priorities are outlined in Te Mahere Rima Tau.

The strategy and action plan are divided into five overarching themes:

Te oraka me te aroturukitaka / Health and monitoring

Hoiho are becoming increasingly stressed. They need rehabilitation treatment to reduce deaths. The strategy will aim to support increased breeding success and survival until the population is self-sustaining.

Kā mea mōrearea o te moana / Marine threats

When hoiho head out to sea to fish they face a range of natural and human threats. We must ensure hoiho are able to go to sea to feed on abundant kai (food) and return home safely.

Te whakaekeka o te takata / Human disturbance

Hoiho are a private bird, but their daily activities are often disturbed by humans. There is pressure from humans at hoiho sites, and close encounters can reduce breeding success. We want hoiho to be able to use their coastal habitats and live without disturbance.

Te nohoka kit e whenua / Terrestrial habitat

As hoiho become increasingly threatened, the need to optimise their habitats increases. Unguarded hoiho eggs and recently hatched chicks are vulnerable to introduced predators. We want to make sure hoiho can breed safely, and provide the shelter and privacy they need to thrive.

Ka mahi tahi / Working together

Hoiho conservation involves a diverse range of people. This comes with challenges for communication, consistency and coordination. This work must be fully resourced and supported to deliver positive outcomes for hoiho.

This text uses the Kāi Tahu dialect.

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