Takahē release at Zealandia

From Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm, 1:16 pm on 28 August 2017
 Takahe Release at Zealandia

Takahe Release at Zealandia Photo: supplied/Judi Miller

Nio and Orbell are taking up residence at their new home at the Zealandia sanctuary in Wellington today.

The Takahē pair haven't had to travel too far from their old home at the Mana Island Scientific Reserve up the coast, where they've successfully raised four chicks since 2013.

And while Orbell, at 17, is close to retirement age, Zealandia and the Department of Conservation have high hopes the two might breed again this year.

RNZ's Lynn Freeman is at the Zealandia wetlands where the release of the Takahē pair is underway.