3 November 2020

The Kiwi chick deemed a “parting gift” from some of the last cruise passengers to depart the Bay of Plenty has been named today. The nearly one-month-old chick has been named Manuhiri, meaning visitor in Te Reo Māori, in reflection of its story. 

Donations made by cruise ship passengers visiting the Bay of Plenty during the 2019/2020 season funded the hatching and raising of the Kiwi chick. The name was put forward among dozens of suggestions in a competition run on Tourism Bay of Plenty’s Facebook page, Bay of Plenty NZ

“We’re delighted to give this special Kiwi chick such a fitting name. The hatch of Manuhiri at the time when we would normally begin welcoming cruise passengers to our shores for the season is symbolic,” said Tourism Bay of Plenty Sector Development Manager – Cruise & Business Events, Nikita Fraser. 

The 2019/2020 cruise ship passengers will be the last to visit the Bay of Plenty for some time, as New Zealand’s international borders remain indefinitely closed due to COVID-19.  

“This Kiwi has reminded us of the positive impacts of tourism. Manuhiri has encouraged us to continue building towards a regenerative tourism economy that gives back to our environment,” said Fraser. 

The Kiwi chick hatched at 5:00 pm on 6 October 2020. 

– ENDS –