Takahe chick needs a name

22:57, Nov 23 2012
Takahe chick
DOC and the Mitre 10 Takahe Rescue Programme are asking the public to help name a newly hatched takahe chick.

A competition to name a takahe chick is being run in conjunction with the the 64th anniversary of the species' rediscovery.

In late November 1948, Invercargill doctor Geoffrey Orbell identified a bird that had been presumed extinct for 50 years - the takahe.

The takahe-breeding unit at Burwood Bush, near Te Anau, is ensuring the survival of the endangered kiwi bird and the unit has welcomed 10 chicks this month.

Celebrating the survival of the takahe, Mitre 10 Takahe Rescue has launched a New Zealand-wide competition for the public to name one of the takahe chicks.

The rescue programme and the Department of Conservation are asking for name suggestions by Monday, December 3.

A shortlist of the best suggestions will be provided to the DOC Takahe Recovery team, which will help choose the final name for the chick.


The chick's name will be announced on December 14 when it is moved to join the takahe family at the Te Anau Wildlife Park.

Takahe Recovery Programme manager Phil Tisch said the chick would be reared through to at least a month old before it was moved.

The chick's relocation would coincide with the annual Mitre 10 Takahe Rescue Chick Picnic on December 14, Mr Tisch said.

The competition is open to all members of the public and every entry goes into the draw to win a camping prize pack from Mitre 10 worth $200.

To enter visit the Mitre 10 Takahe Rescue Facebook page.

● Burwood Bush is currently home to twelve pairs of takahe whose offspring are used to build and boost takahe populations at pest-free sites around New Zealand.
● The Te Anau Wildlife Park pioneered the artificial incubation of takahe eggs, hatching its first chick back in 1983.
● Tumbles and Kawa are a pair of takahe living at the Te Anau Wildlife Park.
● Both birds are infertile and so cannot have chicks of their own, but are used as foster parents teaching takahe chicks all the skills to live in the adult takahe world

The Southland Times