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Kokako took centre-stage at the recent AGM for Pirongia Te Aroaro o Kahu Restoration Society. Although the advertised guest speaker, Tertia Thurley, cancelled due to illness, attendees were treated to a pictorial record of the DNA sampling of kokako at Hauturu/Little Barrier Island in August 2015 by committee member Vic Hopkirk who was a part of that expedition. This work was funded from a grant from DoC’s Community Conservation Partnerships Fund to develop a strategy to translocate kokako to Mt Pirongia. Hauturu/Little Barrier Island has a good population of kokako but genetic analysis was needed to determine if they would be suitable as founder birds for a new population, hence the samplin

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