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

Introduction

This March we're celebrating 10 years of partnership with Genesis, with stories, events and competitions.

Highlights

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March is Whio Awareness Month and this year we're celebrating 10 years of partnering with Genesis to save the whio.

With less than 3,000 estimated to be left in the wild, whio are endangered and are more rare than some species of kiwi.

Together with Genesis, we celebrate the month with stories, events and competitions.

    Win a Great Whio Adventure

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    Aaliyah Davidson won a whio experience in the Ranger for a Day 2020 competition
    Image: DOC

    This Whio Awareness Month you and three friends have the chance to win a trip for four people to a whio habitat in either the North or South Island. The prize includes flights and accommodation for four nights and a guided walk with a DOC ranger to see the whio in the wild.

    How to enter

    Enter on the Genesis Facebook page.

    Tell us how many whio you see on the image, and why you'd like to win. Entries close 11:59 pm 31 March 2021.

    Read the terms and conditions

    Get colouring with whio and win

    The ever popular whio colouring is back for the 10th year. To celebrate there's a school class prize as well as prizes for individuals in each of the age categories. Note: School class prize will be judged from all entries regardless of category. 

    Age categories:

    Watch videos about whio

    Learn more about whio in these YouTube videos:

    Follow Whio Forever on Facebook

    To hear more stories and keep up to date with activities, join the Whio Forever community on Facebook.

    Learn more about whio

    Whio Awareness Month 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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