Recovery Program

To return pāteke to a viable level we, as a community, need to bring about full recovery of the species and become involved in the recovery process.

There are four main approaches to recover pāteke nationally:

  • predator control
  • habitat restoration
  • captive breeding and release of birds to form new safe populations
  • raising public awareness to the threats and management opportunities that exist in assisting the species to recover.

The long-term recovery goal is that pāteke are not threatened and are an icon of instream and wetland health, and of conservation-friendly farming practices. 

Current work by DOC on pāteke includes:

  • securing pāteke at key sites on Great Barrier Island and Northland
  • establishing a new large population of pāteke in Moehau Kiwi Sanctuary and the Clinton/Arthur valley in Fiordland, using captive bred birds
  • supporting landowners and landcare groups to establish populations at other sites including Cape Kidnappers, Tawharanui, and Tutukaka
  • habitat restoration, maintaining pasture levels at suitably short lengths and fencing livestock out of nesting areas, providing zones of riparian vegetation along streams and ponds.
Pateke Partners Area

Pateke Partners Area