Orokonui Ecosanctuary is a biodiversity project in the South Island where multiple species of plants and animals are protected from predators. It's open to the public.

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Orokonui Ecosanctuary
600 Blueskin Rd, Dunedin
Phone: +64 3 482 1755

Takahē that live here

Orokonui hosts two adult Takahē pairs:

  • Paku and Quammen, and
  • Waimarie and Bennett.

Paku and Quammen

Paku and Quammen were thought to be infertile upon arriving at Orokonui. Originally from Maud Island, Quammen and his previous mate produced 18 eggs, but none hatched.

Living on Kapiti Island, Paku had only produced one chick – Kawa, now living at the Te Anau Wildlife Centre.

Since pairing up at Orokonui these two have fostered several chicks, and surprisingly even hatched their own. First Ehara, now in Kahurangi, and later Mihiwaka, now in Burwood. In their older age, Paku and Quammen are considered “retired” and enjoy life at the sanctuary’s valley floor.

Paku and Quammen’s first foster chick, Kotahi, went on to Burwood bush and has produced several chicks with partner Weydon. One of these chicks was Bennett, continuing the Orokonui whakapapa line.

Waimarie and Bennett

With valuable genetics between them, Bennett and his partner Waimarie are an important breeding pair for the Takahē recovery programme. Arriving at Orokonui in 2020, they hatched their first two successful chicks in 2021.

Waimarie and Bennett occupy the upper grasslands of the sanctuary.

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