Kakapo chick unit 'a first'

Hand raised Kakapo chicks.
Supplied

Hand raised Kakapo chicks.

Invercargill ratepayers will bankroll a $425,000 project to have the world's only kakapo chick-rearing unit on their back doorstep.

The Invercargill City Council agreed to stump up the money at a meeting behind closed doors this month, after city councillor and Kakapo Recovery advocacy ranger Karen Arnold brokered the deal.

Arnold is heralding it as a win for the city which will boost tourism and give residents a unique experience with an endangered species.

The enclosure is planned as the latest attraction at the Southland Museum and Art Gallery and will be built alongside the world famous tuatara.

Kakapo are listed as a critically endangered species, with only 126 birds left, all living in the wild.

The money for the project will come from council coffers, adding to the multimillion-dollar investment it is looking to plough into the leaky and earthquake-prone museum building.

Invercargill City Council chief executive Richard King said the enclosure would be built to work in with any construction at the museum in the future and was to be opened by 2016.

The opportunity won unanimous support from city councillors during discussions and it was an exciting opportunity they couldn't turn down, King said.

"We are also looking at this for something to promote the city. They are extremely popular."

That sentiment was echoed by Venture Southland chief executive Paul Casson who said the facility would add to tourist attractions in the region. Tuatara had put Invercargill on the map and it was hoped kakapo could too, Casson said.

Ad Feedback

Museum manager Paul Horner said there would be actual chicks at the museum only every two or three years for about two months until the birds were transferred to Whenua Hou/Codfish Island. Kakapo breed only when it is a good season for rimu fruit.

The partnership deal meant the Department of Conservation-run programme would provide the staffing, he said.

A 400sqm outdoor area for the birds to forage would be constructed, along with a 200sqm indoor enclosure to house the birds, Horner said.

Presently the birds are hand-reared in a makeshift storeroom at a secret Invercargill location.

The enclosures would give visitors an up-close experience with one of the world's most special birds, Arnold said.

King, Horner and Arnold had visited Rotorua to see how the kiwi programme was run there and Arnold said there were plenty of options for how the venture could work.

The next major breeding season was in 2016 and Arnold expected the enclosure to be running by then.

The council's commitment to the project would not end there though, with it committing $50,000 of ratepayer money a year to the recovery programme if the major sponsor, New Zealand Aluminium Smelters, pulled out of its $200,000-a-year contract.

The company publicly stated its intention to withdraw its support for the programme in 2012 and its contract with the DOC programme expires next year.

 - The Southland Times

Comments

Ad Feedback
special offers
Auckland

Woman gives birth at shopping mall

The baby was rushed to Starship Hospital in critical condition after it was born at Sylvia Park mall. (File photo)

An ambulance was called to Auckland's Sylvia Park mall, where a woman had given birth in a toilet.

Political ad misses bus

The ads by ActionStation criticise Jonathan Coleman's approach to mental health services, but Coleman says mental health ...

Auckland Transport refuses to run ad at bus stops criticising Health Minister Jonathan Coleman's approach to mental health.

Innovative pipe work planned

Watercare is renewing some potentially leaky pipework in North Shore's Glenfield.

Motorists, don't worry, a $14 million dollar pipe upgrade won't disrupt traffic in busy Wairau, Watercare says

Fleeing car spiked, crashes

Emergency services are attending a serious crash near Glenavy.

Police arrested a man in west Auckland on July 21.

Wellington

Ex-cop battles police to save RSA

Former Titahi Bay RSA president John Ward.

An alcohol sting on the Titahi Bay RSA was excessive, and could have shut the club permanently, he says.

Night of wind, rain video

Heavy rain is set to ease into showers, but they'll be heavy. (File photo)

Almost 13mm of rain is forecast in Wellington between now and midnight.

100 powerless on East Coast

Power has been lost to about 100 people on the North Island's East Coast. (File photo)

Storms cause several major faults as trees fall on to power lines.

Seatbelt message fails to click video

Freezing worker Danielle Kiriau, 17, was not wearing a seatbelt when she died in a car crash along with brother Shannon ...

Big rise in numbers killed when not wearing belts raises questions over safety ads.

Canterbury

Second meth clean-up at complex

The Housing NZ Gloucester St unit being decontaminated for methamphetamine has been stripped of carpet.

HNZ's tenancy management negligence is creating a "ghetto-like environment", resident says.

Live: A rising threat

The Temuka River creeps higher and higher after a day of rain caused havoc around the South Island.

Defence force called in to help with Timaru's state of emergency as heavy rain continues to cause disruption.

Unborn baby dies after crash

A woman's baby was stillborn after she was in a two-car crash at this intersection of Ashley Gorge Rd and German Rd, ...

A heavily pregnant Canterbury woman's unborn child has died after a head-on car crash.

Floods trigger emergency states video

Heavy rain wasn't enough to deter Cameron King from jumping on his scooter and visiting his uncle in Timaru.

Canterbury and Otago pounded by one of the heaviest downpours on record.

Waikato

Honeymoon hoon's 202kmh ticket

Brazilian surgeon Marco Filho, adjusting his belt after leaving the Hamilton courthouse on Friday, was charged with ...

Safe to say the Brazilian speedster is not in the good books of his new wife.

'Slow the (truck) down'

A variable speed limit for the section of Gordonton Road could be in place within a couple of months, council's ...

Frustrated city councillors send a message to drivers at a troublesome intersection.

Motorcyclist critical after crash

The crash occurred at the corner of the intersection of the Thermal Explorer Highway and Anzac St East in Horotiu.

Man taken to hospital following a serious crash in the Waikato.

Hung jury in rape trial

A former church youth group leader has been on trial in the Hamilton District Court on a raft of rape and sexual assault ...

A jury has been unable to determine whether a former church youth group leader raped two underage girls.

Taranaki

Truck blocks highway

The trailer of a large truck has rolled and was blocking half of SH3 near Waitotara in Taranaki on Friday.

One lane was blocked on SH3 near Waitotara after a truck crash on Friday morning.

Pre-nup was unfair

The High Court has upheld a lower court decision for a couple to equal property shares after separating

A pre-nuptial agreement gave one partner $20,000, and the other partner $1.5 million worth of assets.

Contented in Tikorangi

The cave had mysterious myths abut it but turned out to be a simple earth-moving creation.

This garden is a treasure as are the people who created it.

Doing the dirtiest work

After Disaster owner James Nunes-Vaz has never ever turned down a cleaning  job.

After the police and fire brigade have done their jobs at an emergency scene, the clean-up begins.

Manawatu

No way in, no way out video

The trail's reconstruction has made life much easier for villagers.

After the 2015 quake, villagers in Uhiya, Nepal, were isolated, forced to fend for themselves.

Paediatrician jailed

Jonathan Walsh is in jail after pleading guilty to 17 charges relating to the making and distributing of indecent images ...

Paediatrician who worked in New Zealand hospitals jailed in the UK over indecent images of children.

Petition calls for heads to roll

Horowhenua District Council chief executive David Clapperton, left, and mayor Michael Feyen are deeply divided over ...

Boss of snooping council and deputy mayor must go, says petition organiser.

Tennis courts for sale

Feilding's four asphalt courts will be sold despite five submissions opposing the sale.

Feilding's four asphalt courts will be sold despite strong opposition.

Nelson

Battle to return soldier's diary

Margaret Kearns of Stoke, Nelson with a copy of her father's dairy, Hartley Palmer.

The Government has intervened to help return a war diary to its rightful home in Nelson.

Nelson's changing face

La Per and Mu Su Pan say they enjoy living in Nelson.

A fifth of Nelson's population was born overseas. Can the city meet their needs?

Man hit by car in Nelson

A 70 year old man was transported to Nelson Hospital in a critical condition.

A section of State Highway 60 in Nelson was closed on Friday evening after a man was struck by a car.

Dairy owners 'terrified'

Vijay, left, and Darshini Chauhan speak with Nelson Police Senior Sergeant Blair Hall  following a robbery at the dairy ...

After a spate of robberies across Nelson, the council has initiated a meeting with police and dairy owners.

Marlborough

'Why not' sink navy ship?

Waikawa Dive Centre instructor Kate Trayling, left, and owner Stuart Scaife hope to use a decommissioned navy boat, ...

Divers push to sink HMNZS Endeavour in Marlborough Sounds for Cook commemoration.

Heavy rain causes slip

A section of State Highway 6 between Blenheim and Nelson has been closed to one lane following a slip on the road.

SH6 down to one lane after rain hits the top of the south.

No parole for dance teacher

Stayz Raukawa was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in jail at the Blenheim District Court in 2015. (File photo)

The sex offender will not finish treatment outside of jail, after his victim spoke to the parole board.

Finals time at Lansdowne

Marlborough division one grand final rivals, Baxter Wilson, left, captain of Moutere, and Glen Ballam, co-captain of ...

Whatever happens at Lansdowne Park on Saturday, history will be made.

South Canterbury

Army called in to help gallery video

BP on Evans St, Timaru, has flooded.

Timaru and Oamaru in state of emergency as rain continues to fall. 

Downpours strike  video

Flooding in Allenton, Ashburton.

Storm sweeps south as Timaru placed under state of emergency.

Army to evacuate sick child

An aerial view of an Oamaru street that has surface flooding in what was Oamaru's wettest day in July on record.

Defence Force sends truck to Oamaru to transport sick child to Dunedin.

Fallen tree blocks driveway

Timaru resident Ricky Hunter with a tree that fell across his driveway during the heavy rain on Friday, July 21.

South Canterbury man "stuck" at home with no way out other than on foot, after tree falls.

Southland

Stewart Island heritage gets $1m

An artist's impression of the Rakiura Heritage Centre. The centre has received, over $1 million in Government funding to ...

The Government is to commit $1.08m to the Rakiura Heritage Centre Trust.

Post-funeral brawl

Police and ambulance were alerted to the incident, but were not eventually required.

A post-funeral gathering in Bluff on Thursday night ended with blood, broken glass and a visit from the police.

Irrigation scheme 'a win-win'

Dairy Creek Ltd director Tim O'Sullivan, Pioneer Energy chief executive Fraser Jonker and Pioneer Energy project manager ...

A $10m irrigation scheme near Alexandra, Central Otago, is going to deliver water to about 1800 hectares of barren land.

Gecko stolen from visitor centre

The Marlborough green gecko that was stolen from the Fiordland National Park Visitor Centre in Te Anau.

An at risk gecko has been stolen from the DoC visitor centre in Fiordland.

Ad Feedback