Photo of the week: Moana at Taiaroa Head

Department of Conservation —  22/06/2016

Meet Moana, the newly named Royal Cam albatross chick at Taiaroa Head.

Moana is the Māori name for ocean, sea, wide expanse of water. He manu o te moana – A bird of the sea.

Newly named albatross chick Moana looks to the camera.

Newly named albatross chick Moana looks to the camera.

Moana’s name was announced live on the webcam yesterday, after our month-long ‘name the chick’ competition closed. Room 7 at Tainui School were drawn as the lucky winners and we look forward to hosting the class at Taiaroa Head shortly.

We’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who voted or submitted a name in the competition. We received nearly 2600 name suggestions and of the final 5 names, Moana received 395 votes (32%).

The live webcam has been viewed around 400,000 times, equating to 7 million minutes – nearly 14 years of minutes watched!

We will continue to film Moana until she fledges around September.

2 responses to Photo of the week: Moana at Taiaroa Head

  1. 

    Ha ha – the ‘live’ stream is hilarious! (Or maybe I just caught Moana at a sleepy moment :-). I still think ‘Prince’ was a great name, but not for a girl, I guess. Go well, He Manu o te Moana Nui!

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