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NZ’s National Kiwi Hatchery just welcomed their 2500th chick and revealed its beautiful name
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NZ’s National Kiwi Hatchery just welcomed their 2500th chick and revealed its beautiful name

What would you have named the new chick?

New Zealand’s national Kiwi hatchery welcomed their 2,500th fluffy kiwi chick into the world.

Kiwis (the human kind) had their say in the naming process, choosing between the beautiful names Aumangea and  Ātārangi.

While it was a close vote, one name came out on top - Ātārangi, which is 'morning sky' in Te Reo.

Ātārangi is only one week old, and its gender is not yet known due to its young age. 

Emma Bean, the super egg-cited Business Manager of the National Kiwi Hatchery, said: “Welcoming the 2500th member into our whānau is a very proud moment for the facility and a testament to the dedication of our team in preserving the national manu of Aotearoa.”

"It’s an important opportunity to raise awareness of New Zealand’s threatened species that are in rapid decline in the wild.”

This awesome milestone is right on the heels of an incredible hatching season in 2023 when a whopping 153 kiwi chicks were welcomed into the world.

If you’re keen to meet Ātārangi, Te Ngākau, and some other Kiwis, the national hatchery has opened its doors to the public at their new location.

It’s at Rotorua’s Agrodome and is custom-built to support kiwi kaitiakitanga, be environmentally sustainable and have a big outdoor area where native plants will grow. 

Emma said the new spot will be so good for the future of our national bird. 

"This relocation will allow us to power up our vital work in preserving our national manu (bird). The kiwi is a protected species and the population needs a little added support sometimes, ensuring its numbers flourish well into the future," she said.

Is anyone else dead keen to see some baby chicks? I don’t think I could get there fast enough!