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Bird of the Year Takes Off

Bird of the Year Takes Off

Posted October 18, 2021

Voting in Te Manu Rongonui o te Tau/Bird of the Year begins this week.

Who will fly to victory this year?

Right now, 80% of our birds (and 100% of our bats) are in trouble. Forest & Bird says climate change and habitat destruction are big threats to all our native species. If we protect and restore our forests, rivers, oceans, and climate, we can bring back our native wildlife!

Bird of the Year/Te Manu Rongonui o te Tau helps to raise awareness for our native wildlife, their habitats, and the threats they face. Tragically, many species are in danger of becoming extinct, so they need all the recognition they can get.

Voting for this year’s competition opens at 9 am on Monday 18 October and closes 5 pm on Sunday 31 October.

To vote visit

Click on the “pick me” button on each species. You can do that for up to five native critters. They will appear on a selection list at the bottom of your screen. There you can swap the ranking of the birds or take one (or more) off your vote.

When you’re happy with your selection, click “Submit”.

How voting works
Rank your top-five choices to decide which bird will be crowned Bird of the Year/Te Manu Rongonui o Te Tau.

Voting is based on an instant runoff voting system, which is similar to the system used in New Zealand local elections. When you vote, you can rank up to five of your favourite birds, with number 1 indicating your favourite bird, number 2 indicating your second favourite bird, and so on. It’s no problem if you want to vote for fewer than five birds.

How the winner is decided
The number 1 votes cast are tallied in a first round of counting. If no bird has more than half of the number 1 votes, the bird with the least number 1 votes is eliminated and next choice of people who voted for that bird are given to the remaining birds.

This process continues until one bird has a majority of votes and is crowned Te Manu Ronognui o te Tau/Bird of the Year.