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Reviving the Call of the Kōkako wins National Biosecurity award

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 ceremony. Distant childhood memories surrounding the call of the kōkako in their neighbourhood led to Pirongia Te Aroaro o Kahu Restoration Society’s vision to see our elusive native bird re-introduced to Mt Pirongia - in a 1000 hectare, predator controlled area of the mountain. “People who lived near Mt Pirongia remembered hearing the song of the kōkako growing up, but it had died out in the 1980s and 1990s due to logging and

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