Hunua kōkako recovery project

Kōkako bird on a branch

Kōkako are only found in New Zealand, but are under threat from habitat loss and predators like rats, stoats and possums.

In 1994, the 1150ha Kōkako Management Area (KMA) was set up  to protect a small remnant population of kōkako in the Hunua Ranges.

At that time there was only one breeding pair left in the Hunua ranges. A pest control programme was set up, and birds were translocated (from Mapara and later Tiritiri Matangi) to increase genetic diversity.

Since 1994, the Hunua kōkako recovery project has increased the population to 55 breeding pairs.

The project's success is due to the involvement of a dedicated group of volunteers who assist the council undertaking pest control. Email the biodiversity team if you would like to become a volunteer.

The pest controlled area also provides benefits to other species such as kākā, Hochstetter's frogs, tomtits, long-tailed bats, and bellbirds.

The Hunua Ranges have been identified as a key site for kōkako management and part of the North Island Kōkako Recovery Plan, which has a goal to increase North Island kōkako to 1000 pairs by 2020.

The population is jointly managed by Auckland Council and Department of Conservation.

For more information see our kōkako infographic (PDF 206KB).

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