Once almost lost completely, a record number of North Island kōkako pairs has recently been counted in Auckland’s Hunua Ranges, Stuff reports. There are now 229 adult breeding pairs in the ranges – more than double the number of adult breeding pairs counted back in 2018, and a huge increase from the species’ initial count of just 25 birds in 1994. More than 4000 hours annually have been invested by volunteers in restoring the native birdlife.