Kokako Celebration

Date posted: 21-Jul-2018


Kokako Photographic Competition

Date posted: 20-Jul-2018

KĊŒKAKO PHOTOGRAPHIC COMPETITION Celebrating 21 years on Tiritiri Matangi To ce..

New monitoring reports published

Date posted: 19-Jul-2018

Reports on monitoring studies carried out over the past year have now been poste..

2018 Concert coming up soon

Date posted: 15-Feb-2018

Our 2018 concert will feature an afternoon of light classics and jazz courtesy of the Auckland Ph..

Wetapunga talk coming soon

Date posted: 05-Feb-2018

For the Social on 19 March the speaker will be Ben Goodwin of Auckland Zoo, who will talk about t..

Rat caught and now takahe released from pens

Date posted: 28-Jan-2018

Thankfully DOC staff Andre de Graaf and Polly Hall and their assistants have trapped the rat whic..

Your Christmas Shopping for a Song

Date posted: 04-Dec-2017

Aka - The Grand Christmas Shopping Expedition to Tiritiri Matangi Island Shop Dreading..

2018 Photo Comp opens for entries

Date posted: 27-Nov-2017

The 2018 Photo Competition is now open for entries. Click here (/2018-photo-competition-tiritiri-mat..

New reports on ruru nesting and Island conservation

Date posted: 02-Oct-2017

Two new reports have been added to the website. The first gives details of a summer students..

2018 calendars now available

Date posted: 27-Sep-2017

Our latest calendar, beautifully illustrated with images taken on the Island, is now available fo..

Raukawa Gecko

Scientific Name: Woodworthia maculatus

Although there have been occasional, unconfirmed, reports of 'green geckos' in forest areas on Tiritiri Matangi, until 2004 there had never been records of any of the native brown geckos that are commonly found on other offshore islands (even in the presence of rodents) and on parts of the mainland.
But a
set of strange prints was discovered during regular checking of the DoC tracking tunnels which are set to monitor for rodent incursions on Tiritiri Matangi. These were confirmed to be prints of a New Zealand brown gecko - probably Raukawa gecko or Pacific gecko.
A subsequent survey of the area at night found probable sign of geckos living in the crevices of cliffs near the tracking tunnel site. During the day, a brief search of the cliff face and nearby rock outcrop found four brown geckos. Because the geckos were buried deep in rock crevices, their identity could not immediately be confirmed, but they were later identified as the Raukawa gecko Woodworthia maculatus, a native New Zealand gecko which is actually quite rare on the mainland, but reaches huge numbers in places where introduced mammals have been eradicated.

Gecko footprintsThe geckos on Tiritiri Matangi are undoubtedly a remnant of a much larger population that once inhabited the Island and that has survived the turbulent history of farming, frequent annual burning and kiore. Two of the first geckos found were young, indicating a breeding population on the cliffs.

Although they face no threat from introduced predators, we know they can fall victim to morepork. In 2012, the remains of three Raukawa geckos were found close to a morepork nest.

The discovery of Raukawa geckos in 2004 brought the total number of lizard species on the Island to three (copper skink, moko skink, Raukawa gecko), still well short of the estimated 10 species that once lived on Tiritiri Matangi. Since then two more species have been introduced: Duvaucel's gecko and shore skink. 

Photography by Simon Fordham ©