Kakapo are back in the North Island, for the first time in a decade.
Seven of the rare birds have been released on Little Barrier Island in the Hauraki Gulf.
The Department of Conservation moved them from Codfish and Anchor Islands in Southland.
Kakapo programme manager Deidre Vercoe Scott says four males and four females were taken by helicopter to Invercargill and then put on a commercial flight to Auckland.
One of the female birds spent time at Auckland Zoo after it became ill.
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