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Takahē are found on six predator free islands including Tiritiri Matangi, Motutapu, and Rotoroa islands. 

Tiritiri Matangi Island

Takahē population: 5
Year introduced: 1991
Governed by: DOC and the Supporters of Tiritiri Matangi Island

Tiritiri Matangi in the Hauraki Gulf is one of the most successful conservation projects in the world. Rare native birds and animals have been returned to its predator-free and restored habitats.

Takahē were first introduced to Tiritiri Matangi in 1991 when two boys, Mr Blue and Stormy, were transferred there from Maud Island.

Tiritiri Matangi will continue playing a critical role for the Recovery Programme well into the future. It currently houses 2 breeding pairs of takahē. Generally, each year the takahē population at Tiritiri Matangi produces 2–3 young birds, which are transferred as sub-adults (1–3 year old birds) to other sites.

Both Wal and Cheesecake hatched on Tiritiri Matangi, and are now part of the Burwood breeding population. Tiritiri-hatched Lily is destined to be one of the founders for a new wild population.

Motutapu Island

Takahē population: ~18
Year introduced: 2011
Governed by: DOC and Ngāi Tai o Tamaki

Only a half hour boat journey from downtown Auckland, Motutapu Island is one of the more recently established takahē sanctuaries.

Since 1994 the Motutapu Restoration Trust has been restoring parts of the island in partnership with the Department of Conservation. 

Four takahē were introduced onto Motutapu in August 2011, when the island was declared free of introduced animal pests.The biggest transfer of takahē thus far saw an additional nine takahē moved from the Burwood Takahē Centre to the island in November 2012. All of the birds transferred to Motutapu were young birds so it was good news to hear that some had successfully hatched chicks as early as November 2013.

The swampy areas on Motutapu are the favoured habitat for building nests on the island and everyone is anticipating a good 2017/18 breeding season.

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Rotoroa Island

Takahē population: ~5
Year introduced: 2015
Governed by: Rotoroa Island Trust and Auckland Zoo

Rotoroa Island is an 82 hectare island located in the Hauraki Gulf.

Leased to the Rotoroa Island Trust until 2106, the island is being managed as a sanctuary for native species.

The Trust has partnered with Auckland Zoo to translocate native wildlife and to develop the island as a centre for environmental education. The island is currently free of mammalian pests, and a biosecurity and monitoring programme is in place to keep it pest-free.

Rotoroa Island's resident takahē include Silberhorn and Teichelmann, who as first time breeders produced Kaiako a female chick in the 2016/17 breeding season. Kuini and Anzac were transferred to the island in 2016 as a breeding pair but are yet to attempt nesting. Another pair is likely to be established on Rotoroa in 2017.

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