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Not many people can say they have had a hands-on experience with takahē but last month, I was lucky enough to travel to Fiordland to learn more about the Takahē Recovery Programme and get a behind the scenes taste of what happens at the Burwood Takahē Centre – the hub of the takahē breeding programme in Te Anau.

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In the last 14 years, thousands of rock lobster in and around Te Tapuwae o Rongokako Marine Reserve have been caught, sexed, measured, checked and carefully returned to their homes. Nic Toki joined DOC ranger Jamie Quirk to find out how and why it happens.

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Thriving weka numbers on Kapiti Island have been causing a problem for some of the other island residents, particularly our native tītī/sooty shearwaters.

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We caught up with Tim, a ranger on the front lines of the Save Our Iconic Kiwi initiative. This is the ninth in a series following the work he’s doing to save the Fiordland tokoeka (kiwi).

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Today’s photo of the week was taken outside the Larrikin Creek hut in Kahurangi National Park. It might not look like one of our native birds, but it is. This is a leucistic weka.

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Planning on visiting our scenic South Island? This two-week road trip itinerary will help you make the most of your visit to the rugged south, and includes some of the best walks and hikes New Zealand has to offer.

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Today we follow Kirsten, one of our marine scientists, in the second part a collaborative study with MPI and NIWA to survey blue cod in marine reserves.

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