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Fulton Hogan Takahē Recovery Programme:

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.

Read more about the takahē release on to Gouland Downs

To help achieve this goal the sponsorship objectives for the Takahē Recovery Programme include:

  • Establishing a second large wild population of takahē by 2020; and
  • Connecting business to conservation, to demonstrate the intrinsic links between New Zealand’s economic, social and environmental prosperity.

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.

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How you can help:

To sponsor a takahē

OR you can donate to Takahē Recovery Programme - no amount is too small.

  • $25 buys a month's pellets for a breeding pair
  • $50 buys a transponder and leg bands for a takahē
  • $100 buys basic disease screening for one takahē
  • $200 buys a trail camera to monitor nesting takahē
  • $250 buys a radio tracking aerial
  • $350 buys a smart transmitter for a takahē
  • $1,000 buys a year's maintenance of 1 km of predator proof fencing at Burwood Takahē Centre
  • $1,600 buys a radio-telemetry receiver