Trevor Mallard, (back then, New Zealand's Minister for Economic Development) and popular local MP, accompanied the Trust Members and kiwis on the day of their first Release.

Here he is seen carrying one of our precious, iconic birds to the release area after the steep climb up from Sunny Grove, Wainuiomata.

Trevor Mallard (MP) on the McKerrow Track on the day of the first release

Photo credit: Melody McLaughlin