It had to happen, and happen is exactly what it did: After a passionate campaign from John Oliver, the noble Pūteketeke has been crowned "Bird of the Century" in New Zealand's Forest and Bird poll.

The Last Week Tonight host launched the campaign — which he himself described as "alarmingly aggressive" — during his show in early November, dedicating a large chunk of the episode to extolling the virtues of the Pūteketeke and urging the public to vote for the bird.

I have to be honest, the last few episodes of Last Week Tonight have been particularly rough, so this has been a nice pallet cleanser at the end of each show.

John Oliver continues to inspire, by using the budget provided to him by a massive conglomerate and turning it into sheer, joyful chaos.