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..

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..

Shorebirds and Seabirds

A number of shorebirds and seabirds also drop in or make Tiritiri Matangi their home.  In November 2010 a pair of oystercatchers built a nest in the middle of Hobbs Beach.  A barrier was erected around the nest to protect the 2 chicks it housed.

Two reef herons were also seen building a nest of a small island off North East Bay.

Click on the common name of any of the birds below to see more detail about the bird.

Photography by Kathryn Jones ©

Common Name

Māori Name

Scientific Name

 Dotterel, New Zealand


Charadrius obscurus

  Gannet, Australasian 


Morus serrator

Godwit, Eastern Bar-Tailed


Limosa lapponica

 Gull, Red Billed 


Larus novaehollandiae

Gull, Southern Black Backed


Larus dominicanus

Reef Heron 


Egretta sacra

White Faced Heron


Ardea novaehollandiae

Oystercatcher, Variable


Haematopus unicolor

Paradise Shelduck


Tadorna variegata

 Penguin, Little Blue


Eudyptula minor

Petrel, Black


Procellaria parkinsoni

Petrel, Common Diving


Pelecanoides urinatrix

Petrel, Giant


Macronectes halli

Petrel, Grey-Faced


Pterodroma macroptera

Petrel, White-faced Storm


Pelagodroma marina

Shag, Black


Phalacrocorax carbo

Shag, Little


Phalacrocorax melanoleucos

Shag, Pied


Phalacrocorax varius

Shag, Spotted


Stictocarbo punctatus

Shearwater, Buller's


Puffinus bulleri

Shearwater, Flesh-footed


Puffinus carneipes

Shearwater, Fluttering


Puffinus gavia

Shore plover


Thinornis novaeseelandiae

 Skua, Arctic


Stercorarius parasiticus

Spur-winged Plover


Vanellus miles

Tern, Caspian


Sterna caspia

Tern, White Fronted


Sterna striata