In November 1948 New Zealand got its own Lost World story, when a population of takahē — a large flightless rail, long thought extinct — was found in a remote part of Fiordland. The rediscovery of ‘notornis’ (a cousin of the pūkeko), by Southland doctor Geoffrey Orbell, generated international interest. This episode of the NFU’s Weekly Review newsreel series treks from Lake Te Anau high into the Murchison Mountains, where the team (including naturalist Robert Falla) find sea shell fossils, evidence of moa-hunter campsites, and the dodo-like takahē itself.
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Short Film, 1965 (Full Length)
Features takahē translocated from Fiordland to Mt Bruce
Film, 2009 (Excerpts)
A documentary on another extremely rare Fiordland native
Television, 1987 (Full Length)
Peter Hayden explores Fiordland National Park
Television, 1980 (Full Length)
A classic doco on another rare NZ bird
Television, 2007 (Full Length)
Takahē can be seen in this doco
Music Video, 1991