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Whio release on Styx and Arahura Rivers
2017/07/13 4:41:01 AM

Tomorrow seven whio (blue duck) will be released onto the upper Styx and upper Arahura Rivers near Hokitika after nearly a year of whio wooing. These blue ducks are the unsuccessful ‘flock mate’ applicants who were ...

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Celebrating whio on the Manganui-o-te-Ao River
2017/03/31 3:10:34 AM

Forty people gathered on the Ruatiti Domain to celebrate the release of three whio at the site, as part of Whio Awareness Month. The remaining six whio were released by local DOC rangers in different ...

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Fun, free whio day a success
2017/03/31 3:02:21 AM

The event was hosted by the Whio Forever partnership between Genesis Energy and the Department of Conservation as part of national Whio Awareness month celebrations. Over 70 children explored the site throughout the day on a ...

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Whio are cool
2017/03/31 2:53:02 AM

Keeping whio cool while undergoing health checks is now easier thanks to a generous donation by Taupō business Stevens Electrical Ltd of an air-con’ unit to the whio shed at the Tongariro Trout Centre. Whio overheat ...

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Rescued whio eggs go full circle with release into Ongarue River
2017/03/31 2:44:01 AM

This is the happy ending to an earlier reported story of a whio nest, disturbed by accident at Blackfern Lodge in August. Quick thinking saw the three unbroken eggs whisked to the Otorohanga Kiwi House ...

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Banking on New Arrivals
2016/08/22 9:11:24 PM

Blue Duck numbers are hopefully going to get a boost soon with the arrival, today, of a new breeding pair at Staglands. The whio or blue duck, which features on our $10 note, is endemic ...

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Five more years for Whio Forever
2016/04/05 3:17:54 AM

Genesis Energy and the Department of Conservation have announced the successful predator control and advocacy programme for the endangered whio (native blue duck) will continue for another five years. Funding from Genesis Energy has enabled the Department ...

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Whio family of 5 released on the Oparara River
2016/03/22 10:07:45 PM

Buller DOC staff and students from Karamea Area School today celebrated Whio Awareness Month with the release of 5 juvenile whio onto the Oparara River. The release marks the remarkable growth of the recovery programme at ...

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Celebrating Whio on the Manganui-o-te-Ao River
2016/03/09 3:51:05 AM

The local whio population received a boost this week when 12 captive bred whio were released on the Manganui-o-te-Ao River as part of Whio Awareness Month. More than 40 people gathered on the Ruatiti Domain to ...

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Whio cannot be kept with other species of ducks because they fight too much.
WHIO ARE WITH THE SAME PARTNER THROUGHOUT THE YEAR and some will be partners for life