August 20, 2019

A grant for almost $300,000 has been given the green light by Waikato Regional Council for work aimed at ensuring the viability of the North Island Kōkako on Mt Pirongia.

The successful Natural Heritage Fund application approved by the finance committee will help with p...

December 11, 2018

Waikato-based Pirongia Te Aroaro o Kahu Restoration Society has received a New Zealand Biosecurity Award for their efforts in restoring native birds to Mt Pirongia.

Above: Society committee members Clare St Pierre, Selwyn June and Dianne June at the Biosecurity Awards...

July 15, 2018

Kokako DNA came full circle on Saturday when 14 birds with genes originating from the last kokako from the Pirongia area were released on the maunga. A conservation group for Mt Pirongia, Pirongia Te Aroaro o Kahu Restoration Society, has led the restoring of kokako to...

February 26, 2018

The plan to bring kōkako back to Pirongia mountain achieved another milestone on Sunday when three recently hatched chicks were banded and weighed.

The three kōkako are among the first known to have been hatched on the maunga for at least 25 years and are the result of...

June 28, 2017

The Wildlife Act Authority was granted on 16th June for the capture of up to 40 kokako from the Waipapa Block in Pureora for release into Mangakaraa on Pirongia.  On Tuesday morning 20th June, two birds were caught and taken to Grey Road where they were released just a...

June 9, 2017

Pirongia Te Aroaro o Kahu Restoration Society won the Green Ribbon Award category for biodiversity protection at the award ceremony held at Parliament Buildings on 8 June. Chairperson Clare St Pierre and Secretary Dianne June accepted the award on behalf of the society...

May 25, 2017

Pirongia Te Aroaro o Kahu Restoration has been named a finalist in the 2017 Green Ribbon Awards for their biodiversity protection work for kokako.  Winners will be announced on 8 June at Parliament Buildings at a ceremony hosted by Minister for the Environment Hon Dr N...

Our project aimed at restoring North Island

kokako to the Pirongia Forest Park is being backed by a $110,000 grant from Waikato Regional Council.

The successful natural heritage fund application, just approved by the finance committee, will help with the transfer of 40 “...

March 16, 2017

Dame Malvina Major and several Waikato rising stars put on a song-filled evening for Kokako enthusiasts at our concert on March 5, raising over $7,000 to help return the native songbird to Mt Pirongia


The fundraising event hosted at the beautiful Vilagrad Winery, incl...

December 23, 2016

Te Pahu School has donated $250 to us thanks to the efforts of their environment group. We will be put this towards our

kokako work. Thank you Te Pahu School! We'd love other schools to follow your lead.

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