AGM 2019

Date posted: 09-Sep-2019

Our Annual General Meeting was held at 7:30 pm on Monday 23rd September at the F..

More plaudits for Tiritiri Matangi

Date posted: 15-Jul-2019

Recognition of the wonderful experience visitors have when visiting the Island h..

Results of the 2019 Photo Competition

Date posted: 15-Jul-2019

The results of this year's competition have now been decided. Click here (/2019-photo-co..

Lighthouse Open Day

Date posted: 30-Apr-2019

Our historic lighthouse, signal station and diaphonic foghorn will all be on dis..

We need a new Treasurer

Date posted: 08-Apr-2019

The Supporters need a new treasurer to take over in September when Kevin Vaughan..

2019 Concert

Date posted: 05-Feb-2019

OrigiNZ, the tartan taonga are returning for the 2019 concert. Click..

Tiri's three unique foghorns

Date posted: 01-Feb-2019

Our next social event will take place on Monday 18th March when Carl Hayson and ..

Young Conservation Superstars win awards!

Date posted: 27-Jan-2019

Gabriel Barbosa and teacher Kate Asher, a team leader who co..

Entries for the 2019 photo competition

Date posted: 19-Jan-2019

We are now taking entries for the 2019 photographic competition. You can enter u..

Hihi volunteer needed

Date posted: 18-Oct-2018

Would you like to volunteer with the Island's hihi team and learn from them how ..


Tiritiri Matangi ('a place tossed by the wind') was settled by the Kawerau-A-Maki tribe.  They built the pa Tiritiri Matangi, from which the island takes its name. Europeans arrived in the mid 1850s.  The island was farmed continuously until the 1970s, when the Hauraki Gulf Maritime Park Board was given responsibility for Tiritiri Matangi and the last of the stock removed.  Now the Department of Conservation administers Tiritiri Matangi as a scientific reserve, protecting the island for its wildlife, conservation, scientific, recreational and historical values.

A Beacon of  Conservation

Tiritiri Matangi Island is the dream that came true.  Thirty-five years ago the 220-hectare island was a big green paddock.  The farming lease had expired, the island had been returned to the people as a recreation reserve, but natural regeneration faltered as rats, rank grasses and bracken took over.

Then a bold group of people conceived an imaginative plan – to replant the island’s original forest and create a sanctuary for endangered birds and reptiles.  The sanctuary would also be open to all.  Such ideas were, for their time, revolutionary – that the island, often affectionately known as ‘Tiri’, might become a symbol for conservation in action.  That conservation might be uplifted here from the sole charge of scientists and professionals and carried forward by the citizens of Auckland. Thousands of volunteers responded, and replanted a forest.

Birds, including many endangered species, have repopulated that forest and people by the thousands now visit Tiritiri Matangi Island, the first of New Zealand’s open sanctuaries.  In retrospect it is easy to say that the time for such a bold revolution was right.  As with any good idea, it was simple, unexpected and credible – it caught people’s imagination, it offered a goal and an unfolding story.  The lighthouse island that once housed the brightest light in the southern hemisphere has brightened again, but this time as a beacon of conservation in action.

Tiritiri Matangi awarded as 1 of the top 25 ecological restoration projects in Australasia

Global Restoration NetworkTiritiri Matangi has been recognised as one of the top 25 ecological restoration projects in Australasia, as selected by a cross-Tasman panel set up by the journal Ecological Management & Restoration and the Ecological Society of Australia.  The host for the 'top 25 search' is the Global Restoration Network - an online hub set up by the Society for Ecological Restoration International (SERI) to provide information on ecological restoration.  The launch of the project was part of the preparations for SERI's international conference to be held in Perth in August 2009, the first time the international conference will be held in the southern hemisphere.

Click on the link below to view the report.

 Tiritiri Matangi Award ReportPDF document


For a more detailed history, go to our History page >>.




Photography by John Stewart ©