One of our Halo champions shared their experience with a pair of bolshie karearea in Te Ahumairangi:
My 8-year-old daughter Estella and I had a dramatic but very cool encounter with a pair of bolshie karearea in Te Ahumairangi (Tinakori Hill, a stones throw from the PM’s whare) today.
We were rambling up to the Northern Walkway when we heard a ‘kek-kek-kek’ and were dive-bombed multiple times. Awesome. We didn’t bother them for long as they were likely protecting a nest. The harassment was mostly one-way anyway: Estella and I cowered like we were doing an earthquake drill but with ‘a wave stick overhead’ added to ‘drop, cover and hold’.
Power to the halo and Zealandia mothership. So good to have these majestic (but endangered) manu back in Wellington skies.
This is the undocumented karearea pair in the news last week: see here