Sadly we lost Charlie, one of our oldest male weka, on the morning of Mothers’ Day. His still warm body was found beside the road, with a compound fracture of a leg and some severe internal injuries.

This was clearly road kill and illustrates how important it is for us all always to take care when driving along the Coast Road or in Te Papa Road where there are often weka near the road.

Charlie was one of our longest lived breeding weka. Banded in June 2014 as a sub-adult weighing 960 grams, he has been seen around the Te Papa Road area in the years since. The day before his death he was seen carrying nesting material; he was a very important breeding bird. His unbanded female partner may take some time to find a new mate. At autopsy Charlie weighed 1280 grams; he was well fed and popular.