New Zealand bird of the year: ‘Help us crown a real king’, Potekateke, not King Charles

Potecateke bird.  - Forest and Birds
Potecateke bird. – Forest and Birds

John Oliver, a British comedian and American talk show host, has jumped into New Zealand’s Bird of the Century contest with full force and launched a global campaign in support of the endangered Poteeketeke bird. Guardian informed of.

The two-week contest, held annually, brings in around 60,000 votes – and the same number of votes have come in since Oliver declared himself the official campaign manager.

On Sunday’s episode of Last Week Tonight in America, the comedian made the announcement while endorsing Poteeteke for the Bird of the Century contest.

Oliver unveiled billboards in several locations globally on his show. It also included a billboard on a moving truck, asking Britons to “help us crown a real king” – Poteetkeke, not King Charles.

John Oliver, a British comedian and American talk show host.  - Material
John Oliver, a British comedian and American talk show host. – Material

“This is what democracy means – America interfering in foreign elections,” he said.

“They’re weird vomiting birds with colorful mullets. What’s not to love here?” Oliver said of the endangered bird.

There is a unique thing about birds. It eats hundreds of its feathers to fill its stomach and then vomits back.

He also said that his campaign was “dangerously aggressive”. He has purchased billboards in New Zealand, Japan, France, the UK, India and the US state of Wisconsin.

Not only this, a plane with the banner of the Potecateque campaign flew over the beaches of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.

A total of 77 New Zealand native birds are in the running for the title of Bird of the Century 2023 competition, with voting starting on 30 October for two weeks.

The annual Bird of the Year competition has been temporarily rebranded as “Bird of the Century” to celebrate the 100th birthday of conservation organization Forest & Bird.

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