Pair of takahē.
Image: Anja Kohler | DOC


April is Takahē Awareness Month.

Have you met a takahē yet? Kua tūtaki anō koe ki te takahē?


April is Takahē Awareness Month and it's the perfect time to go meet your local takahē. Join us to celebrate takahē and recognise Ngāi Tahu, the Takahē Recovery Programme and the network of people involved in ensuring the takahē is never considered extinct again.

Did you know?

  • Takahē are endangered, with fewer than 500 birds in existence.
  • Takahē are bigger and more brightly coloured than the common pūkeko.
  • Takahē are considered a taonga (treasured) species of Ngāi Tahu.
  • The long-term goal is growing the wild takahē population.
  • Finding new wild homes is the biggest challenge.
  • Fulton Hogan has been the national partner of the Takahē Recovery Programme for five years.

    How you can help save the takahē

    Become a takahē advocate and share the takahē story. Visiting your local takahē is a great way to learn more and support this incredible taonga species.

    You can also:

    Spread the word

    Spread the word by using our Takahē Awareness Month resources:

    Connect on social media with #conservation

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