I have been a kākāpō ranger for several years now and normally work predominantly on Whenua Hou (Codfish Island I am currently acting senior ranger/supervisor working out of the Invercargill DOC office.
As senior ranger, my role is primarily focused on supporting and supervising the rangers on all three kākāpō islands (Whenua Hou, Anchor and Hauturu o Toi) and working alongside our technical advisor Daryl and scientist Andrew. This includes organising the workplans and rosters, developing management documents which the staff on the islands use to direct their work, reporting on the past seasons work, and working with other DOC staff and partners such as the DOC Technology Advisory Group, NZCCM/Auckland Zoo, researchers, Kākāpō National Recovery Group, the Whenua Hou committee, to ensure we have the tools and information we need to improve our management of kākāpō.
In the coming months, I will be working on planning how the team will work to monitor the health of this past seasons mums and chicks through 2017, preparing for a possible breeding season on Hauturu O Toi (we know very little about what triggers breeding on Hauturu O Toi so need to be ready to act at short notice!) and reporting on our fantastic 2016 season.