Staglands Wildlife Reserve

Coordinates: 40°59′15″S 175°07′24″E / 40.9874°S 175.1233°E / -40.9874; 175.1233
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Staglands Wildlife Reserve is a wildlife park located in the Akatarawa Valley, 20 km north of Upper Hutt in New Zealand. It was established in 1972 by English immigrant John Simister.[1] Besides native birds, including rare waterfowl such as whio and pāteke, the park maintains a variety of farm animals, including rare breeds such as kunekune. Along with Michael Willis from Christchurch's Willowbank Wildlife Reserve, Simister has been credited with saving the kunekune from extinction.[2]


  1. ^ John Simister, Sarah Purdy Staglands - The First Forty Years, 2012
  2. ^ Matthew Tso, The men who brought the kunekune pig back from the brink,, 13 October 2020

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40°59′15″S 175°07′24″E / 40.9874°S 175.1233°E / -40.9874; 175.1233