The on-duty Constable was driving on Curtis St, Wilton, when he spotted an unusual road hazard - a duck family defying the efforts of a group of local people to get them to safety. Residents had found the paradise shelducks honking at a storm drain after two of the nine ducklings had fallen into the drain. [...]
"They were causing a few problems, going from the footpath into the road, and cars were having to manoeuvre around them," Simpson said. "They knew where they wanted to go and we were pushing them the wrong way."
When the procession reached Chaytor St - the main road to Karori - Simpson stopped the busy holiday traffic to let them cross.
The family of ducks reached the safety of Appleton Park and Simpson returned to keeping a watchful eye on holiday drivers. However, the odyssey was far from over as the ducks also continued - supervised by the locals - all the way to Zealandia wildlife sanctuary, where they waited at the door until a staff member returned to work to let them in.Here's their family this year.
Shelduck's Morphic Resonance.
UPDATE: Forgot to mention that there is a reason why the shelduck pair are reluctant to nest in the sanctuary itself, as bad things occurred four years ago.