In July 2016 Fulton Hogan Limited, NZ’s civil infrastructure company, partnered with the Department of Conservation to support the Takahē Recovery Programme. Takahē were thought to be extinct until their rediscovery in the remote Murchison Mountains, Fiordland, in 1948 – which began one of the world’s longest standing and pioneering conservation programme. Today the takahē population is just below 350 birds and the Takahē Recovery Programme are working towards the overarching recovery goal of “Takahē exist in growing numbers in large areas of their former natural range as a functioning element of natural ecosystem and are treasured as a national icon”.
In March 2018 30 founding birds, including 7 established adult breeding pairs, were translocated into the Gouland Downs in the Kahurangi National Park as part of DOC's Takahē Recovery Programme. This was the first wild site for takahē outside of the Murchison Mountains in Fiordland.
Takahē senior ranger Glen Greaves says finding the eggs is the best indication yet that the takahē are enjoying their new wild home.
To help achieve this goal the sponsorship objectives for the Takahē Recovery Programme include:
The New Zealand National Parks and Conservation Foundation has a long history with the Takahē Recovery Programme, supporting the Programme by providing expertise in funds management and independent assurance of Fulton Hogan Limited’s investment, and before that to other corporate supporters such as Mitre 10.
View more information on the Takahē Recovery Programme.