Meet Te Morehu – a little baby blue penguin with a big mountain to climb and an even bigger message to deliver.
His name – given to him by sculptor Chris Bailey – literally means “the survivor” thanks to his tragic and adventurous start to life, but all those who are working to keep him safe, warm and well-fed at Waiheke’s Native Bird Rescue call him “Cuzzy”.
Cuzzy the kororā was left traumatised and alone last Friday when work to remove a shed in Enclosure Bay uncovered the nest he shared with his mother and sibling. NBR’s Karen Saunders takes up the story.
“I received a call from Monique Thom, who explained that the worker next door had been demolishing an old concrete shed floor and heard screaming. Under the floor they found a family of two kororā chicks and a parent. The parent was dead and one chick passed not long after. This one we’ve named Te Morehu – or just Cuzzy – was the only survivor.
• James Belfield
Full story in this week’s Gulf News… Out Now!!!