Celebrate the Takahe Art Competition

Date posted: 08-Apr-2020

Hi Tiri Kids, It’s Takahē Awareness Month! Everyone loves our takah..

COVID-19 Important Information

Date posted: 25-Mar-2020

The government has announced that New Zealand is now at alert level 2 for COVID-19. Th..

2019 Winner Primary School Supporters of Tiritiri and Fullers 360 Science Award is Ethan Raymond

Date posted: 11-Mar-2020

Ethan has helped the Enviro-Warriors in many ways such as planning, gard..

2019 Winner Y8-Y13 NIWA Supporters of Tiritiri and Fullers 360 Science Award is Abby Haezelwood

Date posted: 11-Mar-2020

Abby Haezelwood with her winning Science Exhibit on Plastic Beaches at the NIWA Taihoro Nuk..

The Tiritiri Concert

Date posted: 11-Feb-2020

Folk on the Water The 2020 Tiritiri Matangi Conce..

2020 Photo competition now open

Date posted: 15-Jan-2020

This year's photo competition is now open for entries. Please click here (/m..

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..

Banded Kokopu

Scientific Name: Galaxias fasciatus

Banded kōkopu are slender tube-shaped fish with the dorsal fin set far to the rear, near the tail. They are between 20 and 28 cms in length. Their colour is olive brown with a row of brownish vertical bands along the flanks. They don't have scales and their leathery skin is covered with a layer of mucus. They feed on the surface, mostly at night, on larvae of aquatic insects, like mosquito, and small invertebrates. On Tiritiri Matangi they have been found in the shallow pools of the forest stream at the base of the Kawerau Track (where the boardwalk starts).

A survey was conducted in October 2001 and a total of 14 banded kōkopu were counted, but in recent years, possibly due to dry conditions, they have not been seen. A comprehensive freshwater survey is planned under the Island's Biodiversity Plan 2013-2023, which should confirm their presence or absence.

Photo: Dylan van Winkel ©, Banded kōkopu on Whakau (Red Mercury) Island.