A tribute to New Zealand’s mums

Department of Conservation —  09/05/2021

This Mother’s Day we pay tribute to New Zealand mums ensuring the survival of our native species. Here’s some of our favourite photos…

Today mums, we salute you!


A mother and newly born sea lion pup in Sandy Bay, Enderby Island, Auckland Islands. Photo: Andrew Maloney.


Hector’s dolphin mother and calf, Haylock’s Bay, Banks Peninsula. Photo: Alistair Hutt.


A family of whio/blue duck in Tongariro National Park. Photo: Tyronne Smith.

Takahe and chick. Photo: Sian Moffitt

Feeding time for a takahe and chick at Wairakei Sanctuary. Photo: Sian Moffitt

The Royal Cam northern royal albatross chick and parent at Taiaroa Head, Otago.


A weka and chick. Image by Anita Gould (CC BY 2.0)


A mother paradise duck and young. Photo: Bernard Spragg (CC BY 2.0)

Australasian Gannet feeding chick, Hawkes Bay. Photo: © Janice McKenna.

Feeding time from mum for this Australasian gannet chick. Photo: © Janice McKenna


Kākāpō mum Kuia on her second Anchor Island nest this breeding season. Photo: Kākāpō ranger Theo Thompson.

To all the mums, grandmothers, mother figures and caregivers out there, Happy Mothers Day, Whakamihia Te Rā o Te Māmā.

6 responses to A tribute to New Zealand’s mums


    Another breakthrough and achievement. This is the kind of events worth celebrating. Congratulations to all mums!


    I love all the photos, thank you Doc for all the great work you do

    Richard Leary 01/06/2021 at 3:04 pm

    I have never before seen paradise duck chicks. I was overcome with their beauty


    Love the photo of the beautiful kakapo!

    Bruce Condon 01/06/2021 at 1:48 pm

    Great photos

    Margaret Stevenson-Wright 09/05/2021 at 3:31 pm

    A wonderful and fitting tribute.