Greenstone Valley’s first takahē chicks have been born.

Department of Conservation media adviser Trish Grant says the two chicks were discovered on November 29, with about 10 more to hatch.

Eighteen takahē — nine breeding-aged pairs, including Wairenga (pictured) — were released in the Greenstone to start a third wild population on August 23, followed by another six sub-adult takahē on October 18.

So far, six of the nine pairs first released have nested.

‘‘We take a hands-off approach to the takahē nesting to let it occur naturally,’’ Grant says.

‘‘We will check other nests for signs of chicks hatching from eggs in the next few weeks.’’

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