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Song of Protest

Television (Full Length Episode) – 1986

The judges (among them, the great English filmmaker Ken Loach, and popular English author and zoologist, Desmond Morris), particularly commented on the creative use of Hirini's music.
– Rod Morris on the judge's comments on Hirini Melbourne's music, at 1986 nature festival Wildscreen
Perhaps the kōkako's song is prophetic: our greatest songbird is also our rarest. We've been systematically dismantling its forest home.
– Narrator Donald Evans
Chicks in the nest are easy prey for wild cats or tree climbing rats and stoats. At two and a half weeks they're already beginning to develop the strong legs so vital for springing and scurrying through the trees, yet stronger wings would suit them better in today's forest.
– Narrator Donald Evans