The Royal Cam chick known as 'South Plateau', April 2023
Image: DOC


We can now announce the winning name for this year's Royal Cam chick.

The winning name

Introducing Manaaki, the 2023 Royal Cam chick. 

How you voted

We had 209 votes for the winning name Manaaki and 196 votes for the second place name Manaia.

140 people submitted their name suggestions and 1169 people voted for their favourite name.

Throughout the competition people also submitted lots of awesome plastic reducing actions.

Name inspirations 

We worked with Te Poāri a Pukeura to produce the list of top 10 names for public vote. The vote inviting the public to choose their favourite name closed 16 June 2023 at 5 pm  (NZST).

Name options for voting and name meanings

The ten names selected to be voted on for the 2023 chick are in Te Reo Māori. Below you can see each of the names that were chosen for voting, their meaning and what inspired each entrant to submit them.


This means resilience. This name was chosen as the Southern Ocean and its wildlife including royal albatross need resilience to endure modern changes to their environment.


Rerenga means voyage or flight. It can also mean the rising and setting of the sun.

This reflects the huge journeys our chick will undertake of up to 190,000 km per year. It also reflects the cyclical nature of migration across generations, from parents to children.


Ake means upwards. We want the chick to stay strong and grow up well. So this names relate to our hope that their health will keep advancing upward so they will not be endangered.


This means to glide, float, or drift. Albatrosses do this as part of their dynamic soaring technique. Some albatross species only move their wings for 15% of their flights and soar for the rest.


Manaia was selected because it means a messenger between two worlds and guardianship. This relates to the role the chick plays as a messenger between the human and natural world.


Pairuri means concern, care, consideration. The entrant who submitted this hoped that the Royal Cam chick will represent this to others and remind them to act to protect the environment.


This means providing support, protection, and hospitality and showing admiration and kindness. The entrant who offered this name felt the chick needs our support, protection, and our hospitality to reduce environmental harm, starting with plastic pollution.


This name means graceful. This has been selected as the albatross is uniquely graceful in its flying and movement.


This means star. This name was selected as it relates to the chick as a similarly meaningful guide in the sky.


This translates to fly, flow, flee, leap, descend or glide as well as many other energetic actions. The entrant of this name felt this reflects the chick and its life at sea.

The winners

Congratulations Megan Kopp, you are our winner of this competition. Keep an eye on your inbox. We will send you more details and get your prize sent out to you as soon as possible.

We have two spot prizes to giveaway and will email the winners that we've chosen.

Thanks to the Royal Albatross Centre for sponsoring some prizes.

Winner's prize pack

The submittor of the winning name and image wins all of the prizes below. All items have been made in New Zealand and are worth up to $59 NZD.

  • Virtual tour of the colony with the Royal Albatross Centre.
  • Zoom chat and catch-up with DOC ranger Sharyn Broni.
  • Albatross t-shirt by Tumbleweed Conservation Tees.
  • Ceramic albatross mug by Louise Thompson-Parker.
  • Bamboo cutlery set by Moana Road.
  • Native NZ rimu easy eco clip by Leadingtech designs.
  • Albatross glass and bamboo drink bottle.
  • Aotearoad Eco friendly deodorant.
  • Recycled wood albatross board by Ocean Shell Studios.
  • Eco felt plant grow bag.
  • Laser Studio bamboo magnet
  • Bird and mammal guide.

Spot prizes

Spot prizes will be awarded to two entrants during the competition.

  • Hemp shopping bag
  • Pikitia NZ bamboo magnet

How entrants made submissions

Name suggestions had to be submitted with a photo through our website. The photo had to show the person entering the name doing something to reduce plastic pollution. 

The action also had to be sustainable. This meant it needed to be a repeatable action, that would not create any negative impact on the environment.

Entrants could provide more than one submission. Multiple submissions offer a better chance of winning.

How reducing plastic pollution helps albatross

This year's competition is about acting sustainably to reduce how much plastic ends up in our oceans. This also supports this year’s World Albatross Day theme of plastic pollution.

The plastic that ends up in our oceans threatens our seabirds. They can be hurt by it, become entangled or mistake it for food for themselves or their chicks.

Using less plastic in our daily lives reduces the amount that ends up in our oceans. So, no matter where you are in the world, you can help colonies like the Royal Albatross at Pukekura/Taiaroa Head by using less plastic day to day.

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