His name is Hawkeye – and for one of New Zealand's rarest species, he's a symbol of hope.

The hefty adult takahē today arrives at his new home – Hauraki Gulf's Rotoroa, or "Love Island" as conservationists jokingly call the offshore creche – with high hopes that he'll hook up with a female named Silberhorn.

Such is the tiny population of takahē – there are still only about 400 birds, despite numbers annually growing 10 per cent – that birds like Hawkeye can make all the difference to the recovery of the flightless icon.

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