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The first clutch of this season’s tokoeka nests has finished at Shy Lake and seven chicks hatched in our monitored nests. As usual, we were down after dark in many layers of clothing, flask of tea by our side and head-torch at the ready, waiting for the young chicks to come out.

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Every year as breeding season for the tūturuatu approaches, we head out to the remote Chatham Islands to do a census of the population. But what is the tūturuatu. Expert Rose Colleen went on the trip and gives us the goss.

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It’s been a few weeks now, since we got news of a rare rowi kiwi, Aroha who had wandered far from her lowland forest home, to a cliff face in the snowy mountains of South Westland.

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