Open to the public


Open to the public
Takahē population: ~5
Year introduced: 1989

In 1968 takahē were transferred to Kapiti - one of the six predator-free islands takahē are found on. 

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

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

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.

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. Today five takahē call Kapiti Island home.

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 destined to become one of the founding takahē at a new wild site.

Visit Kapiti Island.

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