Story: Protected areas

Weka at Whirinaki Sanctuary

Weka at Whirinaki Sanctuary

This weka is about to be placed in a predator-proof enclosure in the Whirinaki Sanctuary, before being released into the Whirinaki Forest to fend for itself. The sanctuary was created in the 1980s to protect trees from logging. In the 2000s a programme to reintroduce the endangered North Island weka received strong support from the local Ngāti Whare tribe.

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Photograph by Andy Blick

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Les Molloy, 'Protected areas - Specially protected areas', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 22 May 2022)

Story by Les Molloy, published 24 Sep 2007, updated 1 Sep 2015