The third breeding season of the joint research project has seen mixed success. A higher proportion of nests have failed, for a variety of reasons; the wetter weather has almost certainly been a factor. Approximately 20 chicks have been banded from 10 different nests.  Some of the parent Karearea have successfully fledged chicks for the third consecutive year.

Radio New Zealand reported on the project in December – the report can be found at:  along with an audio clip. Pictured is Chifuyu Horikoshi holding an adult male Karearea at Akatore.