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 ..

2019 Calendars now available

Date posted: 05-Sep-2018

The new 2019 calendars are now available and this year's is better than ever! Th..

Winners of kokako photo competition

Date posted: 02-Sep-2018

The stunning winning photographs from those submitted to the competition as part..

Kokako Celebration

Date posted: 21-Jul-2018

(https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-great-kokako-story-celebrating-21-years-..

Kokako Photographic Competition

Date posted: 20-Jul-2018

KĊŒKAKO PHOTOGRAPHIC COMPETITION Celebrating 21 years on Tiritiri Matangi To ce..

Habitat Restoration

Tiritiri Matangi's birdlife suffered greatly when the forests were cleared for pasture. Many species were forced to find new homes and food sources, and only the more resilient species remained, such as tui, fantail, silvereye, grey warbler, bellbird and spotless crake.

The replanting programme began on Tiritiri Matangi in 1984, to restore the native plants destroyed by the farming processes. This project involved thousands of volunteers, and was completed in 1994.

Central to the planting project was the establishment of a nursery on the Island to propagate seed gathered from the surviving trees and nearby locations.

Pohutukawa was the main tree initially replanted. This fast-growing tree forms a canopy for other slower growing species, shading out the thick grass and providing shelter from the exposed conditions. Taraire, kohekohe, puriri, and many others were later planted once the pohutukawa cover had been established.

In fact, far more of the planted pohututkawa survived than were expected to, and in some areas their 'shading out' job has been too successful, resulting in very little understorey. Some pohutukawa have been cleared in order to create light wells, and the progress of flora and fauna in these areas is being monitored.

Around 60% of the Island is now covered in regenerating forest. The remainder has been left open because some animal species - lizards as well as birds - prefer open grassland or forest margins. It is also important to protect Maori archaeological sites, and, since the Island is a popular tourist destination, preserve some of the great views that visitors enjoy. 

Biodiversity Plan

The management and conservation of the Island's fauna and flora will be shaped by a Biodiversity Plan, issued by the Supporters of Tiritiri Matangi in September 2013. Click here to learn more about this plan and to access a copy.

Photography by Mike Pignéguy © (planting day)