11 Nov 2023

Once bittern twice shy: backing an under-bird

From Saturday Morning, 11:50 am on 11 November 2023

Photo: Imogen Warren

The announcement of Bird of the Century has been delayed to Wednesday, following a massive influx of votes, thanks in large part to British-American talk show host John Oliver.

Over 300,000 votes have been cast so far, crashing Forest and Bird's voting system at one point.  Voting closes tomorrow at 5pm.

Helen Jamieson is from conservation group Forest Bridge Trust, backing an under-bird, the Australasian bittern Matuku-hūrepo.