New Zealand Kakapo, or Owl ParrotThe filming of “Hotspots” throughout New Zealand encompassed over one hundred interviews with key scientists and others working to save endangered species and habitat, on Stewart Island/Rakiura, Ulva Island and Codfish Island (Whenua Ho), in Fiordland National Park, with the Department of Conservation in Te Anau and Burwood Bush, at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Sanctuary, at the Grand and Otago Skink site at Macraes Flat in Central Otago, at Karori Wildlife Sanctuary in the heart of Wellington, at the Westshore Wildlife Reserve in Napier, at the Maungatautari Ecological Island Trust reserve, in the city parks of Auckland, and at Tiritiri Matangi Open Scientific Reserve, as well as dozens of other reserves and extraordinary locations throughout the country.

One of the remarkable species captured is the Kakapo, a flightless, nocturnal New Zealand bird sometimes referred to as an “owl parrot.” This critically endangered species has been reduced to just over 100 birds, many of which reside on New Zealand’s Ulva Island Sanctuary.

Ulva Island is an open sanctuary of international biodiversity importance. It hosts such rare plants in the wild as Gunnera hamiltonii, Euphorbia glauca, and native birds such as Brown Creeper (Pipipi, Mohoua ochrocephala), Rifleman (Titi pounamu, Acanthisitta chloris chlori), Stewart Island Brown Kiwi (Tokoeka, Apteryx australis lawryi) and Yellowhead (Mohua, Mohoua achrocephala).

Hotspots DVDUlva Island is one of only two scientific reserves in all of New Zealand open to the public (the other being Tiritiri Matangi near Auckland). Dancing Star Foundation is pleased to be able to continue support for the second time of the re-publication of the important guide to Ulva Island, written and produced by the Ulva Island Charitable Trust.

For more information:

> New Zealand Department of Conservation official website

> Ulva Island Bird Sanctuary Guided Walks website

> Elwin Productions, Natural History Filmmaking and Photography

> Stewart Island News Kakapo Encounter website