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.
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.