1849-07-01 13:02:48

First European encounter

on Resolution Island

1851-01-01 00:00:00

Declared extinct

1851-05-01 16:40:24

Takahē named

Takahē were given the name Notornis mantelli by Dr Walter Mantell

1851-07-01 09:40:18

1 sighting recorded

near Secretary Island

1879-09-01 00:00:00

1 sighting recorded

eastern side of Lake Te Anau

1898-01-01 09:28:54

1 sighting recorded

shore off Middle Fiord, Lake Te Anau

1898-09-01 18:29:28

Officially Extinct

1946-01-01 00:00:00

Natural History based observation

1948-01-01 00:00:00


by Orbell in Takahē Valley in Murchison Mountains

1948-01-31 00:00:00

Murchison Mountains

Population present

1955-01-01 18:41:56

Pukaha Mount Bruce

Elwyn Welch set up a successful captive facility to breed takahē on his farm adjacent to the Pukaha Mount Bruce Wildlife Centre.

1957-01-01 00:00:00

Pukaha/Mount Bruce Wildlife Centre

Takahē population established 1957

1957-01-01 18:41:56

First Eggs

First eggs taken form Murchison Mountains to Mount Bruce

1960-01-01 00:00:00

Deer culling began in the Murchison Mountains initiated to reduce competition

1970-01-01 00:00:00

Population monitoring began

Population monitoring and threat analysis (began to band wild birds).

1971-01-01 00:00:00

Decline in Murchison Mountains Takahē population identified

This identified the need for intervention.

1976-01-01 00:00:00

Helicopter Deer culling started

Helping to reduce competition

1977-05-01 16:40:24

First chick successfully reared in captivity

1978-01-01 00:00:00

30th Anniversary Takahē Symposium

Review of conservation management and initiated the first Takahē Management Plan

1981-01-01 00:00:00

Annual Murchison Mountains Population Survey started

1982-01-01 00:00:00

First Management Plan Approved

Takahē declared "Critically Endangered"

1982-01-01 00:00:00

Punanga Manu O Te Anau/Te Anau Bird Sanctuary

Takahē population established 1982

1984-01-01 00:00:00

Maud Island

Takahē were removed from Maud in 2014 due to a rodent incursion not to be returned. They were transfered to a privately owned island in the Marlborough Sounds.

1984-12-01 15:33:45

Takahē transferred to islands

1984-2015 Birds transferred to 14 secure island sites

1985-01-01 15:33:45

Burwood Takahē Centre established

Centre for hand-rearing established.

1987-01-01 00:00:00

58 birds released into the Stuart Mountains

1987-01-01 00:00:00

Mana Island

Takahē population established 1987

1989-01-01 00:00:00

Kapiti Island

Takahē fist transferred in 1968 but these birds did not survive. Birds were successfully introduced in 1989

1991-01-01 00:55:19

Tiritiri Matangi Island

Takahē population established in 1991

1994-01-01 00:00:00

Second Recovery Plan published

2006-01-01 10:11:55

Maungatautari Ecological Island

Takahē population established 2006

2007-01-01 01:34:06

Murchison Mountains Population Crashes

A stoat plague reduces the population from 168 to just 93 birds

2010-01-01 00:00:00

Willowbank Wildlife Reserve

Takahē population established 2010

2011-01-01 13:24:17

Motutapu Island

Takahē population established 2011

2011-08-01 10:48:32

Expansion of Burwood

to 11 breeding pairs capacity

2012-01-01 10:11:55

Cape Sanctuary

Takahē population established 2012

2013-01-01 00:00:00

Orokonui EcoSanctuary

Takahē population established 2013

2013-01-01 10:11:55

Auckland Zoo

Takahē population established 2013

2013-08-01 10:11:55

First chicks on Motutapu Island


2014-01-01 00:55:19

Tawharanui Open Sanctuary

Takahē Population established in 2014

2014-08-01 10:48:32

Expansion of Burwood

to 19 breeding pairs capacity

2015-04-01 10:11:55

Wairakei Golf and Sanctuary

Takahē population established 2015

2016-01-01 10:11:55


2016 Takahē released onto Rotoroa Island

2017-01-01 10:48:32

Expansion of Burwood

to 25 breeding pairs capacity

2017-12-01 01:34:06


from Nationally Critical to Nationally Vulnerable

2018-08-01 05:20:37

New South Island wild site

2020-08-01 12:00:20

Habitat Tour

See a "flightless-over" of the Takahē's habitat in the Murchison Mountains


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