A tribute to New Zealand’s mums

Department of Conservation —  14/05/2023

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. Photo: Gareth Hopkins.
Hector’s dolphin mother and calf, Banks Peninsula.
Whio mum and ducklings at Katipo Creek. Photo: Richard Rossiter
Feeding time for a takahē chick at Burwood. Photo: Sabine Bernert
The Royal Cam northern royal albatross chick and parent at Taiaroa Head, Otago.
A weka and chick. Photo: 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 nest on Whenua Hou. Photo: Jake Osborne

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

7 responses to A tribute to New Zealand’s mums

    Maureen Kilner 14/05/2023 at 9:30 pm

    Made the end of a nice day even better seeing those cute photos.


    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 kākāpō!

    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.