Kakapo chick-naming rights up for grabs
The naming rights of a critically endangered parrot are being auctioned off as a fundraiser.
The male kakapo chick, temporarily named Rakiura 3 after his mother Rakiura, was one of six chicks to hatch in 2014 during the first breeding season since 2011.
He is one of a total population of 126 kakapo and is living in the wild on Codfish Island, off the coast of Stewart Island.
Kakapo Recovery is offering the highest bidder the chance to give him his own name; one that reflects the mana of the critically endangered taonga species.
The winner will be asked to submit three to five preferred names to the Recovery's naming committee, which is made up of representatives of the Kakapo Recovery team and iwi.
Advocacy ranger Karen Arnold said "proceeds from the Trade Me auction will go directly to the Kakapo Recovery Trust, administered by Forest & Bird".
The funds will go toward the management of kakapo health, supplementary food and transmitters.
Arnold hoped the auction would raise awareness of the species, as well as raise much needed funds.
The auction closes on September 9.
The link to the auction: http://www.trademe.co.nz/774799801