You can support the Takahē Recovery Programme in many ways.

Takahe Recovery logo.

Volunteer your time, make a donation, or get the family involved with takahē crafts. It all helps to build awareness and support for this unique bird.

    Get the family involved


    At Burwood Takahē Centre

    Help our rangers care for the takahē and maintain our 'takahē farm'.

    Volunteer work might vary during the year, but generally includes:

    • Feeding takahē twice a week (or more often in winter when there is snow). This usually involves changing, cleaning and refilling feed hoppers and water troughs, and general bird observations.
    • Inspecting and maintaining pen fences.
    • Regular checking and maintenance of predator traps set in and outside the fencelines.
    • General maintenance of facilities and equipment.

    There may be other projects such as banding, vaccinating birds, and the transfer of birds to or from Burwood to help with.


    To volunteer at Burwood, you need to commit to a minimum of one week (5-7 days) work.

    The work is almost all outdoors and is physical, so you must have a reasonable level of fitness. Volunteers generally work a 6–8 hour day.

    Volunteer at other sites

    There may be volunteer opportunities at other sites. We'll add details if they become available.

    Become an Official Takahē Recovery Supporter

    Do you want to be more involved in the remarkable conservation story of the takahē? Contact us if you or your organisation want to know about becoming an official partner or supporter of the Takahē Recovery Programme.

    Report sightings

    Report sightings of takahē in the wild.


    For Burwood volunteer information and more on the recovery programme, email

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