Te Kakī - The Black Stilt

Come Support the Courageous Kakī to Become the 2020 Bird of the Year

Staunch, fierce, rare, and beautiful, Kakī exemplify all the qualities of a true New Zealander. Once common and widespread throughout most of Aoteroa, these long-legged charmers are now only found in the braided river habitats of the Mackenzie Basin. Kakī found itself on the brink of extinction by the 1980s, with only 23 birds left in the wild. Thanks to conservation efforts, numbers are slowly increasing with 169 adults in the wild today!

Photo by Liz Brown

Photo of a courageous Kakī taken by Liz Brown

Help The Kakī Campaign

The best thing you can do is to vote Kakī for Bird Of The Year.
The second best thing you can do is to encourage others to vote.
Send messages, share memes, sing and dance about our favourite wader.

If you'd like to further support the Kakī Campaign you could;

This years campaign mangers are Marianne Marot and Peter Wills.
Marianne works for the Kakī Recovery Programme in Twizel.
Peter is a high school science and biology teacher in Auckland.
Help us help all New Zealanders to learn the amazing story of the Kakī.

Photo by Liz Brown

A photo of a gorgeous Kakī taken by Liz Brown

Resources for Teachers

This is a collection of resources created for teachers designed with regard to the NZC.

We hope these are fun and engaging while also helping students in your classroom to learn more about the beautiful birds in their backyard.

If you have resources of your own you wish to share so they can be shared with other teachers on this site, please send us an email at KiaKahaKaki at Gmail.com

Photo by Dick Veitch

Photo courageous Kakī taking a dip taken by Liz Brown