Four to the fore as whio introduced to new home


One of the transported whio takes tentative steps into its new home in Abel Tasman National Park

Four whio were released in Abel Tasman National Park for the first time last week in a bid to establish the threatened birds there.

The ducks, which feature on the New Zealand $10 note, were released on 19 September.

Project Janszoon ornithologist Ron Moorhouse said the birds were “unique and iconic” to New Zealand rivers.

“If these four birds stay in the park we will release more so, over time, whio will once again be an integral part of the park’s ecosystem and be regularly seen by the park’s many visitors,” he said.

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