Story: Merton, Donald Vincent

Don Merton and Richard Henry

Don Merton, in later life, holding a large green bird in his arms and grinning. He stands in a bush setting and wears a red and black Swanndri bush shirt.

Don Merton holding the kākāpō known as Richard Henry on Whenua Hou / Codfish Island in November 2010. Captured in Fiordland by Merton and his team in the 1970s, Richard Henry subsequently contributed to the survival of the species through his involvement in the Wildlife Service’s breeding programme. 

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Alison Ballance. 'Merton, Donald Vincent', Dictionary of New Zealand Biography, first published in 2022. Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 14 April 2024)