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Hemiphaga novaeseelandiae is a forest pigeon endemic to New Zealand. The nominate subspecies breeds on the North, South and Stewart Islands, and several offshore islands. It is in rapid decline in Northland - a 1993 survey indicated a 50% decline within 14 years . Studies indicate that declines are occurring elsewhere . The subspecies "chathamensis" is only found in the Chatham Islands. The subspecies "spadicea", of Norfolk Island, went extinct in the early 20th century . This very friendly kereru, was spotted at Willowbank reserve, Christchurch NZ.