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Unique flora and fauna

Rekohu and Rangiauria boast some of the worlds most unique and rare flora and fauna. The Black Robin and Taiko birds are among the rarest in the world. Many species of land and seabirds became extinct after the arrival of humans and introduced species which predated on native species.

Endemic sea birds that have survived include toroa (northern royal albatross) which also breeds at Taiaroa Head near Dunedin, Chatham Island taiko (now confined to one tiny population), torea (Chatham Island oystercatcher) found around the shores, Chatham Island shag and Pitt Island shag, and Chatham petrel.

Surviving endemic land birds include parea (Chatham Island pigeon), Chatham Island warbler, Forbes’ parakeet, Chatham Island snipe, Chatham Island tui, Chatham Island tomtit and black robin. None of these birds are common and recovery programmes are underway for the most threatened of them.

Hapupu Reserve contains the largest surviving remants of Kopi trees (known to Maori as “Karaka”) that were carved by our Moriori karapuna (ancestors). It is now a reserve on land owned and managed by Hokotehi Moriori Trust as part of Kaingaroa Station. The reserve is 33 hectares which was gifted to the nation in 1979 by Barker Brother Ltd.

Nikau Bush Reserve contains 19 hectares of lowland broadleaved forest on the north-western shore of Te Whanga Lagoon. Such forest was once common on the fertile soils on the Chatham Islands, and this area contains the largest stand of nikau remaining on the main Chatham Island.

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