Rare kakako chicks coming to Arrowtown


THE WORLD’S rarest parrot, the native kakapo (right), will be on view in Arrowtown next Friday. 

Three of six chicks hatched in Invercargill during the 2014 breeding season will be flown up with their minders. 

Their visit’s being organised by local tourism giant Real Journeys and the Department of Conservation’s kakapo recovery team. 

The chicks will be at the Arrowtown Hall from 11.30am till 1pm – gold coin donation entry will go to the kakapo recovery programme. 

Deidre Vercoe, who heads DoC’s programme, says it wants to raise awareness to assist their recovery – fewer than 150 kakapo are left in the world. 

Real Journeys chief executive Richard Lauder tells Mountain Scene: “Conservation really is in the DNA of our business so it’s nice to be able to do something with the kakapo recovery programme.” 

The ‘Kakapo Chicks Day Out’ will include an audio-visual presentation and question and answer sessions.
Local primary schools are being invited to a separate viewing before the public session.