Five Wellington-bred kaka are to be rehomed in Hawke's Bay as part of a national breeding programme.
The birds left Wellington yesterday bound for their new homes. The kaka have been bred at Wellington Zoo and three of them are to join three others at Boundary Stream to build up national kaka numbers.
The two other kaka which are a successful breeding pair, will go to the Cape Kidnapper's Cape Sanctuary.
Chief executive Karen Fifield said it was incredibly rewarding to see more kaka released across the North Island.
"We have now bred 20 kaka for restoration here at Wellington Zoo since 2007. We are so proud to be part of the kaka breed for restoration project."
The zoo will continue this role and has a newly established pair of kaka expected to breed next year, with a second pair expected in the near future.
- The Dominion Post
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