The beautiful call of the critically endangered kōkako has long been missing from the Taranaki bush but a massive conservation effort is underway to bring it back.
Shell’s newest community partner Tiaki te Mauri o Parininihi Trust, is committed to bringing kōkako back to the beautiful area of Parininihi in North Taranaki.
Kōkako were once abundant in Taranaki, however in 1999 the last Taranaki kōkako, Tamanui, was removed from the Moki Forest (North Taranaki) on the understanding that his offspring would be returned once the damaged eco-system was restored and a safe breeding site established. Tiritiri Matangi (Hauraki Gulf) has provided a safe haven for breeding and Tamanui’s descendants have multiplied. It is now time to bring them back to Taranaki.
The Tiaki te Mauri o Parininihi Trust was established by Ngāti Tama with the primary purpose of reducing pest numbers, in order to re-introduce kōkako to this area. This iwi-led conservation project is the first of its kind in Taranaki.
Kōkako are especially vulnerable to predation therefore these invaders must be controlled if kōkako and other taonga (treasures) are to survive. In order to ensure the safety of the returning kōkako, intensive animal pest control needs to be maintained to keep rats, stoats, possums and goats to very low numbers.
Shell has agreed to support the Trust by providing funding for pest control work, which will see hundreds more bait stations laid over the coming years. We became partners to this project alongside a host of other organisations including the Taranaki Regional Council and the Department of Conservation.
Within our business we have biodiversity champions lining up to help install bait stations. With dedicated effort the call of the kōkako will be heard again. Tiaki te Mauri o Parininihi Trust is just one of many community organisations we support, all sharing the commitment to make a significant lasting impact to improve the future of New Zealand.