The key steps in Project Island Song are: ongoing island biosecurity, mainland pest control, planting, landscape and species restoration.
Native species are being reintroduced to the islands - helping the islands sing again. Saddlebacks/tīeke, North Island robins/toutouwai and whiteheads/pōpokotea are some of these songsters.
Who's leading this?
The project is led by Guardians of the Bay of Islands, Patukeha and Ngati Kuta (resident hapu at Te Rawhiti), and DOC. It is supported by local island and mainland landowners and managers, residents and tourism interests.
The Guardians are also working with the following groups on a complementary mainland pest control project:
- Northland Regional Council
- Eastern Bay of Islands Preservation Society
- Te Rawhiti Enterprises Ltd
- New Zealand Kiwi Foundation
- Russell Landcare Trust
All of the islands in the chain from Motuarohia (Roberton Island) eastwards including Moturua, Motukiekie, Okahu, Waewaetorea, Urupukapuka, Poroporo, and all their associated islets including the stepping-stone islets in the Rawhiti channel, form Project Island Song.
Map of islands included in the Project Island Song project
Norway rats, ship rats, mice, stoats, Argentine ants and plague skinks are targeted.
Ground-trapping and using trained dogs to help locate any rats, mice or stoats that make it out to the islands, will be necessary to make sure all the islands stay pest-free.
Now that the islands are pest-free, what next?
With the eradication stage now complete, it is critical that pests are prevented from reinvading the islands. Pests may arrive with people visiting pest free islands. Your help is essential in helping reduce this risk.
Restoration of the islands is part of a wider project involving reforestation of parts of the islands, track upgrades and improved archaeological interpretation.
You can help
- Get involved with Project Island Song – donate, volunteer, and find other ways to help
- Check you are pest free when visting the islands of Ipipiri/Eastern Bay of Islands
- Project Island Song website - for full details on the project including news and resources
- Urupukapuka and Moturua Island planting
- Moturua Island Scenic Reserve
- Motuarohia (Roberton) Island track
- Moturua Island track
Other island restoration projects:
- Taranga (Hen) Island restoration project
- Rangitoto and Motutapu restoration project
- Treasure Islands