Introduction

Only an hour from Wellington, the Kapiti Island Nature Reserve boasts a unique environment populated with birds and wildlife rarely seen on the mainland. It's open to the public.

Governed by: DOC, Ngāti Toa, Ngāti Raukawa and Te Ati Awa

Takahē were first transferred to Kapiti in 1968 but these birds did not survive. Some of the present population on Kapiti are descendants of hand-reared chicks introduced to the island in 1989.

There are two birds currently on Kapiti Island, Ihi and Blitzen.  An older pair had been resident on the Island but they died of natural causes in 2018. It is hoped that another pair will be introduced in 2020.

In the past Kapiti has produced one of the highest numbers of chicks per adult takahē pair. However, the island is no longer an ideal place for breeding takahē because of the limited grasslands which have shrunk as island re-vegetation has progressed.

Since September 2012, five takahē have been transferred from Kapiti, of which four have made successful pairings at other takahē sanctuaries. Paku, has retired to Orokonui Ecosanctuary. Waiorua remains as one of the breeding females at the Burwood Takahē Centre. Hinepoupou is part of the founding population of the new wild site at Gouland Downs in 2018. She produced a chick last year at Gouland Downs, one of the first two of that new population.

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