Taonga of an island nation: Saving New Zealand's birds
31 May 2017
Kea feathers, Rob Suisted
This report looks at the desperate state of New Zealand’s native birds, the challenges they face, and what it might take to restore them in large numbers back on the mainland.
New Zealand is home to 168 species of native birds, and many of these are found in no other country – they are endemic to New Zealand. Four out of every five are in trouble – and some sit on the brink of extinction.
This investigation is focused on a vision – a vision of restoring abundant, resilient, and diverse native birdlife on the mainland. Realising this vision will require using the knowledge, ingenuity and passion of many New Zealanders.