Island Life

Recent news, insights & articles from around the Island.

Why no kiwi, Mr Shakespear?

by Dick Veitch  Images credited to Frances Shakespear from the Shakespear family collection. I have just finished reading 19 diaries written between 1897 and 1910 by members of the Shakespear…

Location Location Location!

By Tegan Evans PhD candidate at the University of Auckland Using marine protected areas (MPAs) correctly can be an amazing tool for passive restoration—effectively taking away human impacts from fishing…

Secrets of the New Zealand Storm Petrel

The New Zealand storm petrel (NZSP) was thought extinct for a century until its rediscovery at sea in the Hauraki Gulf in 2003. After much detective work, in 2012 a…

‘Charismatic Megafauna’

Chair’s report by John Clark I love the term “charismatic megafauna”. It describes endangered animal species that are large (relative to other species of the same category) and that arouse…

Snapshots from an Autumn Working Weekend

Words and images by Kate Evans On April 30, 11 intrepid volunteers from all around the North Island travelled to Hauturu for the autumn working weekend, accompanied by Trustee and…

Manta Ray Hotspot

By Kate Evans Did you know that New Zealand is home to oceanic manta rays? Ngāti Manuhiri call them whai rahi, and they have special significance for the seafaring hapū…

Beneath the Waves: The Need for Marine Protection around Hauturu

By Dr Nick Shears Te Hauturu-ō-Toi is one of Aotearoa’s most treasured and protected islands—so much so, it is a great privilege to even be able to venture onto the…

Rangers Report: June 2021

In late April the Department of Conservation dog surveillance team came out to check for pests. The team included Brian Shield with the Argentine ant dog Bobby, Hannah Johnston with…

Hauturu’s Magic Birds

By Michael Szabo I’ve aspired to visit Te Hauturu-o-Toi since reading, three decades ago, that plans to transfer huia to the island failed to eventuate after the last pair captured…

Hihi: Ray of Light

By Anna Santure The hihi (Notiomystis cincta) is a threatened passerine (perching) bird endemic to Aotearoa, whose closest relatives are the tīeke/ saddleback, kōkako and extinct huia. In contrast to…