30 Nov 2014

Kōkako - The Story of Tamanui

From Te Ahi Kaa , 6:41 pm on 30 November 2014

In 1999 the native Kokako bird Tamanui was removed from his home in the Moki Forest by Ngāti Tama and the Department of Conservation because of the threat caused by pests, stoats and wildlife. At the time Ngāti Tama pledged that the Kōkako would eventually come home. Even though Tamanui died in 2008, he had 22 offspring. Tiaki te Mauri o Parininihi Project Manager Conrad O'Carroll is tasked with the job of ensuring the Paranihihi forest is safe for the return of his progeny, he explains more about the project. The story of Tamanui is told at an exhibition at Puke Ariki Museum, New Plymouth, Heritage Manager Andrew Moffatt talks about their contribution in sharing Tamanui's story with locals and visitors.