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Kokako have returned to the maunga!

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 after midday. The birds, a male and a female, named by Ngati Apakura as Rongomau and Rangimarie, both bearing the meaning of peace, were welcomed with utmost respect. A stunning silence was observed by the more than 100 people who had gathered to witness this momentous occasion. Local iwi greeted the birds on their arrival with karakia and waiata. Once the transport boxes were opened they quickly flew to the canopy. Huge thanks

The National Green Ribbon Award for Biodiversity Protection is ours!

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 which was presented by MP Gareth Hughes. It was their standout contribution to protecting kokako at Northern Pureora which helped them win the award along with the voluntary efforts over 15 years on Mt Pirongia where they are now poised to return long lost kokako to the maunga. In their acceptance speech, the two representatives admitted being completely overwhelmed with winning the award. "When we set out hearts on protectin

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