2018 Concert coming up soon

Date posted: 15-Feb-2018

Our 2018 concert will feature an afternoon of light classics and jazz courtesy of the Auckland Ph..

Wetapunga talk coming soon

Date posted: 05-Feb-2018

For the Social on 19 March the speaker will be Ben Goodwin of Auckland Zoo, who will talk about t..

Rat caught and now takahe released from pens

Date posted: 28-Jan-2018

Thankfully DOC staff Andre de Graaf and Polly Hall and their assistants have trapped the rat whic..

Your Christmas Shopping for a Song

Date posted: 04-Dec-2017

Aka - The Grand Christmas Shopping Expedition to Tiritiri Matangi Island Shop Dreading..

2018 Photo Comp opens for entries

Date posted: 27-Nov-2017

The 2018 Photo Competition is now open for entries. Click here (/2018-photo-competition-tiritiri-mat..

New reports on ruru nesting and Island conservation

Date posted: 02-Oct-2017

Two new reports have been added to the website. The first gives details of a summer students..

2018 calendars now available

Date posted: 27-Sep-2017

Our latest calendar, beautifully illustrated with images taken on the Island, is now available fo..

Guided walks for photographers

Date posted: 21-Jun-2017

For a wonderful day of wildlife photography please join us on Tiritiri Matangi Island for a Ph..

Ferry discounts for Supporters

Date posted: 18-May-2017

Tiritiri Matangi Island, the perfect winter's day trip. The birds are at their best, warm up w..

More kiwi for the Island

Date posted: 04-Apr-2017

In 1993 and 1995, sixteen little spotted kiwi were released on Tiritiri Matangi Island. The ma..

Wetapunga talk coming soon

Date posted: 05-Feb-2018
For the Social on 19 March the speaker will be Ben Goodwin of Auckland Zoo, who will talk about the wetapunga breeding programme. The venue is Epsom Community Centre and it starts at 7:30pm. Click here to go to our Events page for more venue details.

The Wētāpunga (Deinacrida heteracantha) once inhabited forests from Auckland northwards and the islands of the Hauraki gulf, but its range was hugely reduced following the introduction of rats. Consequently, for one hundred years, the species was restricted to a single island - Te Hauturu o Toi, Little Barrier island. With the help of captive breeding, its range is expanding once more. This talk will cover the species natural (and un-natural) history, its discovery, its decline, the complexities of its captive breeding, its restoration and what can be expected from it in the future.
Ben Goodwin is a zoo keeper, working on the Auckland Zoo’s Ectotherm team. Primarily, his professional interests are focused on the captive husbandry, breeding and management of insects and other invertebrates.

This will be an 'open' meeting and non-members are very welcome to come along and hear Ben's talk.