New Zealand’s kōkako population has been decimated by introduced predators, including possums, stoats, cats and rats.
There are reportedly 1,600 breeding pairs in the North Island, and in the South Island, the population is unknown. The Kōkako belongs to the group of endemic New Zealand wattlebirds, and there is a variance of species between the North and South islands.
On Tiritiri Matangi Island, located in the North Island region in the Hauraki Gulf, there are only 20-30 kōkako, including middle-aged breeding pair Noël and his partner Rehu.
These dire statistics are why for upcoming music festival Sounds Like Summer, beverage brand Native Hard Sparkling will donate one dollar from every can sold to help support the care and protection of Noël and Rehu.
So far, Noël and Rehu have successfully fledged ten chicks. The donated funds will be used to monitor the pair’s breeding, help locate nests and determine significant dates, and record outcomes for the duo’s offspring.
Sounds of Summer organiser Jade Atkinson says up to 3,000 people are expected to attend the event, which is an opportunity for music lovers to get together and do their bit for the environment.
“We were actually approached by a number of companies wanting to partner for the festival but we chose Native because of their commitment to New Zealand wildlife.”
“They have a point of difference which aligns with our core values as a festival; sustainability, environment, reducing, reusing and recycling. This is a partnership we hope to grow and expand on in future years and support financially,” says Atkinson.
A spokesperson for Native, Brooke Hobson says the company supports several conservation efforts and has committed $500,000 to 100 individual native species over the next few years.
“We saw that there was a gap in the market between people who appreciated the environment but didn’t necessarily donate so we have helped bridge that gap by creating a pathway for them to support, she says.”
Find out more at soundslikesummer.co.nz.