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Supporters of Tiritiri Matangi Inc

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John Stewart
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Tiritiri Matangi Island, Hauraki Gulf, Auckland
New Zealand
Tiritiri Matangi Island (commonly referred to as "Tiri") is a wildlife sanctuary, and one of New Zealand's most important and exciting conservation projects. It is located 30km north east of central Auckland and just 4km from the end of the Whangaparaoa Peninsula. 120 years of farming had seen this 220-hectare island stripped of 94% of its native bush but between 1984 and 1994, volunteers planted between 250,000 and 300,000 trees. The island is now 60% forested with the remaining 40% left as grassland for species preferring open habitat.

In conjunction with this planting programme, all mammalian predators were eradicated and a number of threatened and endangered bird and reptilian species have been successfully introduced including the flightless takahe, one of the world’s rarest species, and the tuatara. Nowhere else in New Zealand can you readily see and walk amongst so many rare species.
The project is managed by the Department of Conservation in partnership with the Supporters of Tiritiri Matangi Incorporated.


Chelsea Sugar, Dilmah, Nestle, 360 Discovery, QBE Insurance
Department of Conservation

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