Tiritiri Matangi has been a popular source of tīeke for translocation. This island initially had very little bush, so there were very few natural roosting and nesting sites. Since then, boxes have been provided for nesting. The saddleback is not a species to look a gift horse/house in the mouth.
Tīeke for New Zealand Bird of the Year
Kia ora ra. Ko Margie Beautrais tōku ingoa. Ko au te Kaiwhakaako i te Whare Pupuri Taonga o Whanganui. Ka mahi anō ahau ki Tarapurihi, Bushy Park Sanctuary, he kāinga ataahua mo ngā tīeke.
Hi there. My name is Margie Beautrais and I am an Educator at Whanganui Regional Museum. I also sometimes work with schools at Tarapurihi, Bushy Park Sanctuary, beautiful forest home of the tīeke.
I’ve teamed up with others in the Bushy Park Education Group, and have the support and backing of our local Forest & Bird branch to promote the tīeke for New Zealand Bird of the Year. Tīeke are doing really well at Bushy Park, which is a fenced mainland island, owned by Forest & Bird Society.
We’ll be working in conjunction with Tony Campbell of Bethlehem School, Bay of Plenty, along with his class and also two classes from St Johns Hill School, Whanganui, along with their three teachers.