Kokako in Waitakere Ranges starting to nest

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(Source | Waatea News) Te Kawerau a Maki is excited at the prospect of kokako once more repopulating its home territory, Te Waonui O Tiriwa or the Waitakere Ranges.

Spokesperson Eru Thompson is welcoming the discovery of a breeding nest this week, established by a pair of the endangered wattlebirds which were moved up from Pureora forest in the King Country earlier this year.

He says the iwi have been involved every step of the way in the re-introduction of the manu into the Ark in the Park, an area of the bush that has been cleared of predators.

The kokako eggs are expected to hatch in about two weeks.

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