Rare New Zealand parrot to make RWC appearance

Rare New Zealand parrot to make RWC appearance

A bachelor who usually lives a solitary life on a remote island sanctuary, Sirocco will spend two months on the mainland - in Dunedin and Wellington - offering visitors a once-in-a-lifetime chance to meet one of world’s most unique and endangered avian survivors.

Sirocco is one of 131 living kākāpō - a tiny population of large flightless parrots that’s been brought back from the brink of extinction through a world-leading conservation programme.

Sirocco’s mainland holiday will highlight his mission as an advocate for New Zealand’s Kākāpō Recovery Programme because, even after 30 years of conservation efforts, his species is not yet out of the woods.

Apart from occasional roving ambassador Sirocco, the birds reside off-shore on predator-free islands where they are closely monitored and supported by conservation workers, but not accessible to the public.



Also in New Zealand today, City.Mobi is celebrating the success of its new guide to Wellington.

City.Mobi offers the most comprehensive mobile travel guides available, with over 800 cities in 200 countries listed. Each is developed by the City.Mobi team to combine into a single global travel directory.

However, each city retains its own mobile identity via a dedicated domain. Already on offer are Brussels.Mobi, Paris.Mobi, Sanfrancisco.Mobi and Sydney.Mobi.

Wellington.mobi is the latest in this illustrious line up, offering click to call functionality – which means no scribbling down telephone numbers.

Most entries are also linked to websites where users can quickly access more detailed information if needed.

Other key features include information on accommodation, restaurants, attractions, entertainment, nightlife, shopping, and transport.

City.Mobi guides include user reviews and traveller utilities such as a translation guide, currency converter, news and local weather guide.