Whio family at Katipo Creek, Heaphy Track
Image: Richard Rossiter | DOC


We're celebrating over 10 years of partnership with Genesis, with stories and competitions.


This March we’re celebrating over 10 years of partnering with Genesis to protect the native whio.

The number of protected whio breeding pairs has nearly tripled over the past 10 years, growing from 298 pairs in 2011 to 863 in 2021. Together with Genesis, we celebrate this milestone and the whio with stories and competitions.

    Get colouring with whio 

    Send in your coloured masterpiece to DOC and you could win a whio prize pack. Entries close 5 April 2022.

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    Whio Awareness Campaign on the blog

    • Whio Journal: Going on a whio holiday
      30 March 2021
      With so many of you getting in touch with photos and anecdotes of your encounters with whio, we thought we’d end Whio Awareness Month with the story of a couple who love to mark special occasions with whio. Meet Anthony Behrens and his partner Fiona (or Whiona as he likes to call her)
    • Whio Journal: Anne Richardson – A bird-breeding pioneer
      15 March 2021
      For Whio Awareness Month we want to celebrate our whio heroes, so have dedicated this Journal to a person who has worked tirelessly to grow the population of the blue duck – the inimitable Anne Richardson. For the last 28 years, Anne has worked at The Isaac Conservation and Wildlife Trust (ICWT) in Christchurch as the Wildlife Manager.
    • Whio Journal: Catching whio on Boyd Stream
      17 March 2020
      In our latest Whio Journal we catch-up with our science technician Jason Malham to talk about catching and banding whio and why we do it.
    • Whio Journal: Saving our iconic blue duck
      04 March 2020
      Tune in to our new blog series 'Whio Journal' for monthly updates from our rangers and whio community out in the field, doing the mahi to protect our precious and Threatened-Nationally Vulnerable whio.
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