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..

2017 Photo Competition

Date posted: 22-Mar-2017

It is that time of year again when we are looking for entries for our photo competition (and phot..

The 2017 concert

Date posted: 05-Feb-2017

This year's concert promises to be another wonderful and unique experience. Click here (/concert-..

Shorebird Film Festival at Devonport

Date posted: 26-Oct-2016

Click here (/miscellaneous documents/DevWaderFilms.jpg) for details of a forthcoming film festival c..

Extra Dawn Chorus Trip

Date posted: 20-Oct-2016

Stop Press: Extra Dawn Chorus trip now scheduled for Thursday 27th October 2016. ..

2016 AGM

Date posted: 06-Sep-2016

The 2016 AGM was held at the Kohia Centre at 7:30 pm on Monday 19th September. Click here (/..

New hihi film

Date posted: 30-Jul-2016

A wonderful new film describing the hihi story on Tiritiri Matangi has now been added to the hih..

New Wildside video

Date posted: 29-Jul-2016

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2016 Photo competetion winners

Date posted: 04-Jun-2016

This year's winning photographs have been decided. Click here (/photocomp2016) to see the wonder..

Great new ferry fares for Supporters

Date posted: 04-Jun-2016

Thanks to our ferry company, 360 Discovery (

Saddleback Celebration - Artists and Artisans

Our visiting artists are busy preparing their contributions for Saddleback Celebration. Here is a short preview of some of the contributors and their work.

Maureen Lander, artist

Maureen is an internationally known artist and former academic. She worked initially as a photographer in the Anthropology Department at Auckland University, and then taught Maori material culture for many years until her retirement in 2007. Since then she has continued to make and exhibit her artwork and is best known for her installations, the most recent being at Te Papa for their Kahu Ora/Living Cloaks exhibition in 2012. Her flax weaving workshops on Tiritiri Matangi, with her friend Toi te Rito Maihi, are very popular with the guides and have become an annual event. For our saddleback celebration she has created a magnificent cloak made of harakeke (NZ flax) and muka (flax fibre) dyes. Its colours reflect perfectly the richness of the bird's plumage. The cloak will be for sale ($3,500) during the celebration. The photo on the left below shows Maureen wearing the cloak.


Sandra Whyte, artist

Regular visitors to our shop are already familiar with Sandra's beautiful bird paintings, including her stunning kōkako for our 2012 celebration. This year's painting is another in the series 'Birds on the Brink', each of which is being donated to raise funds to help conserve the featured species. The painting, titled 'Black is Back' shows a beautiful saddleback against one of the Island's iconic views. The bird's russet back and orange wattle are echoed in the colours of the sky, and the intense black of the bird's plumage is reflected in the dark foreground of the landscape.

The painting, which measures 76cm x 38cm, will be sold by silent auction, closing on Sunday 10 March 2013. We have a reserve of $1,000. If you are interested in making a bid, please phone Mary-Ann Rowland (Wednesday to Sunday) on +64 (0)9 476 0010.

Jeanette Switzer, jewellery

Jeanette's beautiful, delicate jewellery based on New Zealand native wildlife, is a recent arrival in the Tiritiri Matangi shop. For our saddleback celebration, she has designed these two stunning pendants. 



See more of Jeanette's creations at her website:

Celia Allison of Moa Revival, stationery and fabric

Visitors to the Tiritiri Matangi shop are already familiar with Celia's lovely designs for tea-towels, chopping boards and lens cleaners. In 2012 she produced a tea-towel specially for our kōkako week. Here is her striking design for our saddleback tea-towel.

  You can see more of Celia's wonderful designs at the Moa Revival website:

Kay Milton, knitwear

Kay knits as a hobby and enjoys designing motifs based on New Zealand birds. For our saddleback celebration, she has produced a sweater and some beanies, and there may be more to come.



Sue Bancroft, jewellery, ornaments and a painting

Sue makes the wonderful pōhutukawa leaf earrings and pendants that are so popular in the Tiritiri Matangi shop. For our kōkako celebration last year she made, not only jewellery, but some beautiful outdoor wall ornaments, which proved to be one of the most popular items at the exhibition. Here is a preview of her saddleback wall ornaments and a painting she has produced for this year's celebration. The painting (below on the right) will be priced at $450. The image below, of course, does not do it justice.


You can see more examples of Sue's work on her website:

Jane Aldridge at MOTH

MOTH's attractive fabric products - bags, purses, cushions - are among the most popular items at the Island's shop. Jane has produced some striking new designs featuring saddleback.



You can see MOTH's full range of products at their website:

Diana McLean - Artist

Diana has produced three beautiful saddleback paintings for our celebration. Here is a preview; all are in acrylic on edged canvas. The first two show a saddleback on a kanuka trunk. The painting, on the left, priced at $350, measures 24cm x 33cm, and the one on the right, priced at $385, measures 28cm x 36cm. The one of the singing saddleback, priced at $340, measures 41cm x 30cm. Once again, the images look nowhere near as impressive as the real paintings.