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1921
The year kererū gained total protection
21
The number of years kererū can live
1
The number of eggs laid per clutch
18,981
The total number kererū counted in The Great Kererū Count 2018

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Birds had a vital place in traditional Māori life, providing kai (food) and feathers for adornment and cloaks.
Their habits were closely observed, and were a rich source of metaphor and poetry. Birds behaviour was used to predict the weather, and even the future.
Source: Te Ara - The Encyclopedia of New Zealand
“E koekoe te tūī, e ketekete te kākā, e kūkū te kererū.”
“The tūī chatters, the parrot gabbles, and the wood pigeon coos.”
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Do you do any trapping on your property?

With the breeding season fast approaching, like all our native species, kererū depend heavily on successful pest control. While large scale efforts are critical for the survival and protection of kererū numbers, urban and rural trapping is a must to help keep kererū populations safe in our gardens, parks, and bush blocks.

We can look at kererū as being an indicator species for how well pest control methods are working. Kererū are one of our few native species that lay a single egg, and this sits on an open nesting platform. Areas in which kererū are having to fend for themselves where there is little or no pest control in place makes for grim reading.

So what can you do to help protect kererū?
Joining your local community trapping group is a great start. All across New Zealand, these community trapping groups are giving out traps, advice, and support for trapping in your back yard.

If you don't do any trapping and want to start there is plenty of great online information available via predatorfreenz.org
You can check out your local area to see what predator control work is happening near you predatorfreenz.org/map/ and they also have a great resource page with loads of information about pests and trapping predatorfreenz.org/resources/

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