Our vision and goals
Takahē Recovery Programme vision
Takahe exist in growing numbers in large areas of their former natural range as a functioning element of natural ecosystems, and are treasured as a national icon.
A plan for the future – our goals
The conservation of takahē is currently guided by four Takahē Recovery Programme goals to be achieved by 2026:
- The population growth rate is greater than 5% per annum.
- Increase the takahē population to a minimum of 90 breeding aged pairs at secure sites.
- Maintain the Murchison Mountains and establish at least one new recovery site.
- The value of takahē as a taonga (treasure) and a conservation icon is recognised and their story is widely known and understood. This recognition contributes to a successful and sustainable Takahē Recovery Programme.
Today the work of a small dedicated team of DOC takahē rangers is well supported and enhanced by iwi, scientists, volunteers, and the public and private organisations that provide safe homes and care for the growing breeding takahē and those birds now retired from the breeding programme.
Our work includes an intensively managed breeding programme, genetic management, research, monitoring, wild releases and island translocations, and stoat and deer control.
The last few years has seen a dramatic change in the Takahē Recovery Programme.