Motutapu Island. File photo / NZ Herald

Motutapu Island. File photo / NZ Herald
to Motutapu Island where conservationists hope its population will thrive.
Five of the rare kiwi were released on the predator-free island in Auckland's Hauraki Gulf Marine Park in a major diversification programme aimed at strengthening the species' ability to survive.
An 11-day-old chick, named Motutapu after its new island home, was the youngest released today and it will be followed by up to another 50 relatives over the next four to six years.

In 1979, I went with a group of friends to the island.