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Monday, 25 January 2021 16:16


Where are the swans?
Royal swans are on the wane and DU Director Will Abel wants suggestions about getting hold of some breeding stock. Please contact Will on 06 362 6675.

More Flights scheduled

From next year, Flight magazine will be published three times a year in February, June and October. Submissions of stories, photos, story ideas and suggestions should be emailed to Alison Murray at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

DU rep appointed
Director Neil Candy has been appointed as a member of the Game Bird Habitat Trust Board, which distributes funding to develop and enhance the wetland
habitats of game birds and other wetland inhabitants. He attends his first meeting as a board member this month in Dunedin where 12 applications for funding will be reviewed.

What's on the telly
DU directors Dan Steele and Jim Law both appeared on TV in August. TVNZ's Matty McLean was given a tour of Blue Duck Station by Dan on the Breakfast show, and Jim and Marilyn Law's Palliser Ridge Station was featured on Country Calendar.

This episode can be watched online at
calendar/episodes/s2020-e23 though you may need to sign up first (it's free).

Rainy day reading

New Zealand Geographic has an extensive online feature on wetlands. Go to

Published in Issue 179
Thursday, 05 September 2019 22:03

In Brief

Duck brood study

A $300,000 Fish & Game study is hoped to shed light on nesting success of native birds, in particular duck broods.

The three year study is the first of its kind in New Zealand, and aims to pinpoint when birds nest and lay, how many ducklings hatch and how many survive and fledge.

DU in NZ

Ducks Unlimited is New Zealand’s leading wetlands and waterfowl conservation group. We work to save our wetlands through  protection, funding, technical aid and  education so that the flora and fauna of our most endangered ecosystem are a legacy we can pass down to future generations. Our key focus is to increase the efficiency and number of New Zealand wetlands  developed and support any relevant wildfowl recovery programmes. To aid in this worthwhile cause we harness  community support and Government  resources, plus utilise global links and  findings from wetland global research programmes.

Second generation kiwi on way

MB23 - he’s one of the first generation North Island Brown kiwi born at Pukaha Mount Bruce after Operation Nest Egg  delivered his parents there in May 2010. Now he’s sitting on his own nest!

Department of Conservation Ranger Yuri Forbes is tracking his activities with a chick timer transmitter which tells Yuri that he’s nesting. The eggs (there’s usually two) will be removed at around 70 days incubation and with any luck the reserve will have their second generation kiwi about 20 days later hatching in the nursery.



Published in Issue 157
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Sunday, 20 January 2019 16:32

In Brief

Symposium in Napier

The National Wetland Restoration Symposium will be held in Napier on 26-28 September, with Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage delivering the opening keynote address. The theme for this year’s symposium is Living Wetlands in the Living Landscape.

Other speakers are Australian ecologist Matt Herring and the new CEO for Fish & Game, Martin Taylor. 

Forum seeks changes

The Land and Water Forum wants a new national body to oversee freshwater management to prevent the decline of wetlands and ‘outstanding water bodies’. Forum chair Dr Hugh Logan said, “A motivated effort at a national level is required to improve water quality. It will require better coordination and deployment of resources, which we believe should be delivered through a new Land and Water Commission.”
In its report, commissioned by the Government, the forum said the  Resource Management Act should be stronger to prevent decline of wetlands.

Environment Minister David Parker said some, but not all, of the forum’s recommendations would be adopted. Suggested changes to the RMA were not likely to be introduced to Parliament this year, he said.

Injured bittern found

A severely malnourished bittern (matuku) has been found with a damaged wing by SH16 in Helensville.
A few weeks earlier in August, another bittern was  caught on video at the Orangihina  Wetlands in Te Atatu, West Auckland.
Rescue Charitable Trust hospital operations manager Lyn McDonald said the injured bittern would not fly again because of its injury.


Published in Issue 175
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