The competition blurb – It’s time to put on your creative thinking caps! FOMI has been given the opportunity to name one (possibly two) of the takahe chicks on Mana Island. We are looking for your help. The chicks haven’t been sexed yet, so the field is wide open in terms of names.

If the name you suggest is chosen you can choose between a free guided trip to the island or a Friends of Mana Island tee-shirt as your prize.  

Email your ideas to or post on our Facebook page, with a reason why you think your suggestion is a good name for a takahe.

Entries closed Saturday 8 April 2017

UPDATE & WINNERS: We had a brilliant list of names to choose from (37 altogether) and it was really hard to decide on the winners. Finally, after much discussion, the Friends of Mana Island executive decided that two takahe chicks are going to be given the following names:

Moana “Takahe are such beautiful birds! What a treasure. I think she should be called Moana because Moana is adventurous, brave and beautiful” – from Melina Curtis

Kikorangi “means blue” – from Kaye Reardon

These two takahe chicks are currently being looked after at Burwood Takahe Centre (…/) before going to their permanent home later.

Congratulations to Melina and Kaye and thanks to everyone who entered!