Matiu Somes News

Makaro Island
Flora | Fauna | Maintenance

Visit to Makaro Island – November 2016

On 20 November 2016, Graeme Taylor, Shane and Kieran Cotter visited Makaro (Ward) Island. Unfortunately Mark Ormsby, iwi rep, withdrew that morning from joining us. Transport was provided by Emma Dunning, DOC Ranger, ex Matiu/Somes Island. ... Read More >

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Diving Petrel on Matiu/Somes Island

On 4 September 2016, a diving petrel was caught on the fluttering shearwater colony. They have not been recorded on Matiu/Somes Island before. ... Read More >

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Fauna | Stories

Gull Banding 2015 – 2016

What with the weather not playing its part and some key people not being available, we still managed to have two separate groups of volunteers doing what they could to band as many Black-backed Gull chicks as possible. ... Read More >

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Flora | Fauna | Maintenance

Visits to Makaro and Mokopuna Islands

On 8 February 2016, Graeme Taylor, Emma Rowell, Gail Abel and Shane Cotter visited both Makaro (Ward) and Mokopuna (Leper) Island in Wellington Harbour. Transport was provided by Emma Dunning, DOC Ranger, from Matiu/Somes Island. ... Read More >


Mutton birds on Matiu/Somes Island

While walking around the island at midnight on the 24th of January 2016 showing some friends the local nightlife (Tuatara, Giant Weta and Little Blue Penguins), I heard and recorded a seabird calling from the ground. ... Read More >

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A Perfect Rainbow!!

How's this for a great message from the sky!!
Right over the DOC Ranger's office!! ... Read More >

nature connection

Be In To Win

Nature Connections has a new video covering Matiu/Somes Island and other nature locations in the region. ... Read More >

nature connection

Nature Connection Videos

Here are videos developed by Nature Connections, which publicise Matiu/Somes Island and some of its fauna ... Read More >

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