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..

Guided walks for photographers

Date posted: 21-Jun-2017

For a wonderful day of wildlife photography please join us on Tiritiri Matangi Island for a Ph..

Ferry discounts for Supporters

Date posted: 18-May-2017

Tiritiri Matangi Island, the perfect winter's day trip. The birds are at their best, warm up w..

More kiwi for the Island

Date posted: 04-Apr-2017

In 1993 and 1995, sixteen little spotted kiwi were released on Tiritiri Matangi Island. The ma..

2017 Photo Competition

Date posted: 22-Mar-2017

It is that time of year again when we are looking for entries for our photo competition (and phot..

The 2017 concert

Date posted: 05-Feb-2017

This year's concert promises to be another wonderful and unique experience. Click here (/concert-..

Shorebird Film Festival at Devonport

Date posted: 26-Oct-2016

Click here (/miscellaneous documents/DevWaderFilms.jpg) for details of a forthcoming film festival c..

Banded Kokopu

Scientific Name: Galaxias fasciatus

Banded kōkopu are slender tube-shaped fish with the dorsal fin set far to the rear, near the tail. They are between 20 and 28 cms in length. Their colour is olive brown with a row of brownish vertical bands along the flanks. They don't have scales and their leathery skin is covered with a layer of mucus. They feed on the surface, mostly at night, on larvae of aquatic insects, like mosquito, and small invertebrates. On Tiritiri Matangi they have been found in the shallow pools of the forest stream at the base of the Kawerau Track (where the boardwalk starts).

A survey was conducted in October 2001 and a total of 14 banded kōkopu were counted, but in recent years, possibly due to dry conditions, they have not been seen. A comprehensive freshwater survey is planned under the Island's Biodiversity Plan 2013-2023, which should confirm their presence or absence.

Photo: Dylan van Winkel ©, Banded kōkopu on Whakau (Red Mercury) Island.