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Rocket Lab has just launched a fundraiser in support of the tūturuatu/shore plover – which takes the form of a pretty sweet Mission Patch featuring the endangered bird in outer space.

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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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During two weeks in May, seven juvenile shore plover/tūturuatu were translocated to Waikawa Island off Mahia Peninsula. This was the last of two translocation for the year. Local biodiversity ranger Helen Jonas explains what’s involved in keeping this population of rare birds going. 

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