In 1914, the subfossil skull of a takahe turned up at the
Otago Museum. It had been dug up that year at Waitati along
with kiwi and moa bones, evidence that these large flightless
birds once inhabited the coastal forests and shrublands of
the Dunedin region.
It is 4.45am at Orokonui Ecosanctuary and still dark. Cars
approaching along Blueskin Rd form a stream of lights. So
much traffic at this hour of the morning? Yes, everyone wants
to be here for this special event for our volunteers.
Orokonui Stream boasts a treasure trove of mysterious and
elusive native freshwater species that have previously evaded
the public eye, as Lan Pham reports. Tragically, most of them
are disappearing from waterways throughout the country.