Only an hour from Wellington, the Kapiti Nature Reserve boasts a unique environment populated with birds and wildlife rarely seen on the mainland.
Takahē were first transferred to Kapiti in 1968 but these birds did not survive. Some of the present population on Kapiti are descendants of hand-reared chicks introduced to Kapiti in 1989.
In the past Kapiti has produced one of the highest numbers of chicks per adult takahē pairs. However, the island is no longer an ideal place for breeding takahē because of the limited grasslands which have shrunk as island re-vegetation has progressed.
Since September 2012, five takahē have been removed from Kapiti Island. Four of the birds have been paired up with birds at other breeding sites and one bird, Paku, has retired to Orokonui Ecosanctuary. Seven takahē remain on Kapiti Island.