Conservation status
Doing OK

Translating to “stranger”, tauhou colonised the country almost overnight. It is believed that, in 1832, a storm took a migrating flock to New Zealand. Because they migrated naturally to Aotearoa, they are classified as a native species and so are protected.

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Te Ara Kōhungahunga

Te Ara Kōhungahunga

Te Ara Kōhungahunga, the early childhood team at Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu, connect with ākonga/students throughout Aotearoa. We are backing the wee tauhou, because, like our community of young learners, they too live rurally and in urban settings from the far north to the deep south of our motu. Small in size, but big on curiosity and energy, the tauhou is an adaptable, social, chatty and happy wee bird who may suddenly turn up in your backyard with a flock of friends, chatting, flitting and ready to explore their environment. Just like our ākonga, their presence will make you smile. 


Credit: Laurie Boyle