New Zealand is home to the two rarest Waterfowl species in the world.
The Whio and the Pateke are struggling for their survival.
At DU we are committed to seeing these wonderful birds succeed. In addition to these amazing birds New Zealand waterways are home to a vast number of bird and animal life.
The distinctive and well-known Canada goose is a North American native that has been extensively introduced to UK.
The brown teal/pāteke is a small dabbling duck endemic to New Zealand. They are the rarest waterfowl on the mainland.
The mute swan is a species of swan and a member of the waterfowl family Anatidae. It is native to much of Eurasia, and (as a rare winter visitor) the far north of Africa.
The endangered matuku inhabits wetlands throughout New Zealand. DOC is focusing on developing methods for surveying bittern systematically and for restoring wetlands .
The pūkeko is probably one of the most recognised native birds in New Zealand with its distinctive colourings and habit of feeding on the ground.
From an era when large flightless birds were spread throughout New Zealand, the takahē has clung to existence despite the pressures of hunting, habitat destruction and introduced predators.