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New Zealand is home to about 200 fern species, ranging from ten-metre-high tree ferns, to filmy ferns just 20 millimetres long. About 40% of these species occur nowhere else in the world.
Te Papa Museum is holding an online Science Live event this Friday (16 May) which will take viewers into the secret world of New Zealand’s ferns.
Botany curator, Leon Perrie, will be there to talk about our native fern species. Leon will also be answering questions during the live broadcast.
The event will be streaming live from 2—2:30 pm on the Te Papa YouTube channel.
Tokoeka – literally meaning “weka with a walking stick” (Ngai Tahu) has four geographically and genetically distinct forms—Haast, northern Fiordland, southern Fiordland and Stewart Island.
The Stewart Island tokoeka are unusual among kiwi for being active during the daytime, as you can see in this photo taken by Alina Thiebes.
Stewart Island/Rakiura is probably the easiest place to observe kiwi in the wild, where some 20,000 still survive.
You can find out more about Save Kiwi Week and how you can help to protect kiwi on the Kiwis for kiwi website.