Experts have announced that the little spotted kiwi has started breeding again in Fiordland’s Dusky Sound.
The small bird was wiped out from Dusky Sound over a century ago, but a programme started last year seems to be helping.
Twenty of the endangered birds were transferred from Kapiti Island last April to the pest free Anchor Island by the Fiordland Conservation Trust.
Last week, a Department of Conservation (DOC) ranger found a chick while checking the birds’ health.
Little spotted kiwi – or kiwi pukupuku – were wiped out on the South Island mainland in the early 1900s.
Predator-free islands, like Anchor, are being used to try to revive them.
Other species were being put on the island to try to stop them becoming extinct, Mr Wilson said.
Up to 25 more little spotted kiwi will be introduced to Anchor Island around April.