Great Kererū Count 2017 numbers are in


The final numbers for the 2017 Great Kererū  Count are in. Things are looking up for New Zealand's native wood pigeon.

More than 15 thousand birds have been counted in this year's Kererū Count.

CEO of the World Wildlife Foundation NZ, Livia Esterhazy, told the AM Show the numbers are up from 12 thousand last year. But she says these figures are early.

I just need about seven to ten years’ worth of data. So a few more years yet to actually get the real scientific analysis of whether the species themselves are doing well and are healthy.

The numbers for The Great Kererū Count are publicly submitted, for more information go to

The AM Show with Duncan Garner this week joined by Ingrid Hipkiss and Melodie Robinson.