PīpīwharauroaShining Cuckoo

Conservation status
Doing OK

Maori welcomed pīpīwharauroa with the proverb “Ka tangi te wharauroa, ko nga karere a Mahuru,” which means “If the shining cuckoo cries, it is the messenger of spring.” For grey warblers, spring may come with a surprise – cuckoos lay their eggs in warbler nests.

Campaign Manager

Jordan Kunz

Team pīpīwharauroa this year is a collab between Jordy from Juice on the Loose and Tim Hamilton, a self-employed editor and vfx artist. Jordy is a long-time supporter of Forest & Bird and an avid conservationist. Juice on the Loose has a huge focus on environmental sustainability. For the last year, a 5c donation was made to Forest & Bird’s freshwater initiatives for every coffee made. Tim was a fulltime travel videographer before lockdown. He has seen New Zealand and its wildlife in detail and has a passion for the whenua and creating content that engages. Having won the 48hours film festival, obtaining millions of views from viral videos, and running a successful editing studio alongside academy award nominees, he has the skill and drive to make the shining cuckoo.... shine. 

Jordan Kunz and Tim Hamilton standing by Juice on the Loose truck

Photo: Laurie Boyle