Our endemic duck that doesn’t quack. These sleek swimmers need clear, fast-flowing rivers, so you’re unlikely to see them on your local pond – although you might find them on your $10 note! Stoats and declining habitat are major threats to whio. With fewer than 3000 left, it’s up to us to help them out. Thankfully, Whio Forever (a partnership between Genesis Energy and the Department of Conservation) is working to protect these taonga with trapping networks and breed-for-release programmes.
Since 2011 Genesis has worked in partnership with DOC (Department of Conservation) to protect the endangered whio (blue duck) who are found on the $10 note. Whio live on fast flowing rivers, like those within our Tongariro Power Scheme. Presence of the whio is an indicator of a healthy river. There are under 3000 whio left in New Zealand (compared to 68,000 kiwi). We are as fiercely territorial of our wonderful blue duck, as they are of their patch of river and we are determined to help crown the whio as Bird of the Year for 2020! #vote4whio