Kakapo chicks Lisa1 (left) and Rakiura2 will be joined by
Heather1 at Arrowtown's Athenaeum Hall next Friday, for the
Kakapo Chicks Day Out, organised by Real Journeys and the
Department of Conservation Kakapo Recovery Team. Photo
Three kakapo chicks will be in Arrowtown next week,
giving people a ''once in a lifetime'' chance to see them up
In a first for the region, Real Journeys and the Department
of Conservation's Recovery Team have partnered for the Kakapo
Chicks Day Out and will bring them to the Athenaeum Hall for
a public viewing next Friday.
Admission will be by gold coin donation and proceeds will go
to the Kakapo Recovery Programme.
Real Journeys chief executive Richard Lauder said the company
had supported several native bird recovery programmes over
the years and staff were actively involved with initiatives
in Fiordland and on Stewart Island.
''Conservation really is in the DNA of our business, so it's
nice to be able to do something with the Kakapo Recovery
''Everyone at Real Journeys is so excited to be involved in
this collaboration. We put out a note to our staff asking for
volunteers to help on the day and we've literally been
inundated with responses,'' he said.
Fewer than 150 kakapo are left. The chicks bound for
Arrowtown - ''Lisa1'', ''Rakiura2'' and ''Heather1'' are
three of six hatched during the 2014 breeding season, and are
being hand-reared in Invercargill.
The chicks had been named according to their nest mother and
egg number - Lisa1 was Lisa's first egg and the only chick
from a two-egg clutch; Rakiura2 was the second of Rakiura's
three-egg clutch; and Heather1 was Heather's first egg of a
Doc Kakapo Recovery Team head Deidre Vercoe said the chicks
would be flown to the resort, accompanied by their minders.
''We want people to see the kakapo chicks but also learn
about what makes them so special and, of course, raise
awareness to assist with their recovery.
''Kakapo welfare is at the heart of the event so all steps
will be taken to ensure the chicks remain healthy and
relaxed. ''Previous viewings of hand-reared kakapo have been
a huge success, so while cancellation of the event is always
a possibility, it is expected the chicks will take it all in
The Kakapo Chicks Day Out, scheduled to run from 11.30am to
1pm, would include an audio visual presentation, question and
answer sessions and viewing opportunities.
Local primary schools have been invited to a separate viewing
before the public event.