Kōkako Recovery Group

The Rotoehu Ecological Trust, like other kōkako conservation groups, operates under the guidance and support of the Kōkako Recovery Group (KRG). This subgroup of the Department of Conservation comprises DOC personnel, kōkako researchers, and dedicated volunteers with extensive experience in kōkako conservation. The KRG plays a pivotal role in managing the kōkako species, utilizing the Kōkako Management Folder as a key resource outlining best practices for conservation and management activities.

One of the primary focuses of the KRG is the management of kōkako genetics to ensure the preservation of rare genes and prevent population bottlenecks. To achieve this, they have outlined three key goals for all kōkako conservation groups. Firstly, they aim to increase each kōkako population to 500 birds, a significant milestone for the species’ viability. Secondly, they strive to have 2,500 hectares of habitat under active management, ensuring suitable environments for kōkako populations to thrive. Lastly, the KRG emphasizes the importance of genetic diversity within populations, advocating for strategies such as translocations, egg-swaps, and the creation of landscape corridors to facilitate genetic exchange among populations.

By aligning their efforts with the goals set forth by the Kōkako Recovery Group, conservation groups like the Rotoehu Ecological Trust contribute to the broader mission of safeguarding and revitalizing kōkako populations throughout New Zealand. Through collaborative initiatives and adherence to best practices, these organizations work tirelessly to ensure the long-term survival and genetic health of this iconic bird species.


Kokako Recovery Advocacy Guide 2015

Kokako Recovery Plan 1999-2009

Kokako Management Folder