Department of Conservation staff transferred a male bird, Noam, from Mana Island to Kapiti Island on Tuesday to pair up with a recently widowed female. Kapiti Island ranger Nick Fisentzidis said Ihi returned from her winter feeding grounds this year without her two male companions.
"Ahoake and Bargie were 18 and 19 respectively, so sadly, we think they're no longer with us. Ihi is still of breeding age, so Noam, who was getting a bit of a hard time as a single guy on Mana, has come across.
"They have already been heard contact calling to each other, so hopefully they'll hit it off."
Zealandia Ecosanctuary also welcomed a new takahē on Tuesday. Twenty-year-old Ahikaea will be a companion for elderly gent T2, whose partner Puffin died in July.
Lead Ranger Conservation at Zealandia Jo Ledington said, "Ahikaea has come to us from Auckland Zoo where she was a little bit lonely, so these two can keep each other company in their twilight years. We don't expect them to breed, but they are great advocates for the species."