New Zealand's Top Bird Of The Year is of the feathered variety.
|photo: Stephen Jaquiery|
Using the tagline "Vote mohua, not monorail", Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei drove the campaign to get people to vote for it. (This was a reference to a proposed monorail which would carry tourists from Queenstown to Te Anau.)
Forest and Bird's Kevin Hackwell says this year's poll, the ninth, was a great success:
In second place was the morepork (the native owl also known as a ruru), followed by the southern rockhopper penguin.