2021 Photo Competition

Date posted: 21-Jan-2021

2021 Photo Competition Now Open It is that time of year again when we are look..

Primary School Science Conservation 2020 Award

Date posted: 18-Dec-2020

Dylan Lewis Y7 from Mahurangi College, Warkworth, being presented with the ..

Supporters of Tiritiri Inc and Fullers 360 Science Conservation 2020 Award

Date posted: 18-Dec-2020

The NIWA Auckland City Science and Technology Fair winner of the Supporters of Tiritiri ..

2020 Conservation Week

Date posted: 12-Aug-2020

Meet the Takahē on Tiritiri Matangi Island When: 1:30 pm, ..

AGM 2020

Date posted: 25-Jul-2020

PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF DATE TO WEDNESDAY 21ST OCTOBER 2020 due to Covid restrictions at t..

Ferry Resuming July 4th!

Date posted: 01-Jun-2020

Great News!!! We have confirmation Fuller360 ferry service to Tiritiri Matangi wi..

The 2020 Photo Competition Winners

Date posted: 22-May-2020

Here are the winning and commended photos from this year's competition. Congratulations to the photo..

Celebrate the Takahe Art Competition

Date posted: 08-Apr-2020

Hi Tiri Kids, It’s TakahÄ“ Awareness Month! Everyone loves our takah..

COVID-19 Important Information

Date posted: 25-Mar-2020

The government has announced that New Zealand is now at alert level 2 for COVID-19. Th..

2019 Winner Primary School Supporters of Tiritiri and Fullers 360 Science Award is Ethan Raymond

Date posted: 11-Mar-2020

Ethan has helped the Enviro-Warriors in many ways such as planning, gard..


Tiritiri Matangi ('a place tossed by the wind') was settled by the Kawerau-A-Maki tribe.  They built the pa Tiritiri Matangi, from which the island takes its name. Europeans arrived in the mid 1850s.  The island was farmed continuously until the 1970s, when the Hauraki Gulf Maritime Park Board was given responsibility for Tiritiri Matangi and the last of the stock removed.  Now the Department of Conservation administers Tiritiri Matangi as a scientific reserve, protecting the island for its wildlife, conservation, scientific, recreational and historical values.

A Beacon of  Conservation

Tiritiri Matangi Island is the dream that came true.  Thirty-five years ago the 220-hectare island was a big green paddock.  The farming lease had expired, the island had been returned to the people as a recreation reserve, but natural regeneration faltered as rats, rank grasses and bracken took over.

Then a bold group of people conceived an imaginative plan – to replant the island’s original forest and create a sanctuary for endangered birds and reptiles.  The sanctuary would also be open to all.  Such ideas were, for their time, revolutionary – that the island, often affectionately known as ‘Tiri’, might become a symbol for conservation in action.  That conservation might be uplifted here from the sole charge of scientists and professionals and carried forward by the citizens of Auckland. Thousands of volunteers responded, and replanted a forest.

Birds, including many endangered species, have repopulated that forest and people by the thousands now visit Tiritiri Matangi Island, the first of New Zealand’s open sanctuaries.  In retrospect it is easy to say that the time for such a bold revolution was right.  As with any good idea, it was simple, unexpected and credible – it caught people’s imagination, it offered a goal and an unfolding story.  The lighthouse island that once housed the brightest light in the southern hemisphere has brightened again, but this time as a beacon of conservation in action.

Tiritiri Matangi awarded as 1 of the top 25 ecological restoration projects in Australasia

Global Restoration NetworkTiritiri Matangi has been recognised as one of the top 25 ecological restoration projects in Australasia, as selected by a cross-Tasman panel set up by the journal Ecological Management & Restoration and the Ecological Society of Australia.  The host for the 'top 25 search' is the Global Restoration Network - an online hub set up by the Society for Ecological Restoration International (SERI) to provide information on ecological restoration.  The launch of the project was part of the preparations for SERI's international conference to be held in Perth in August 2009, the first time the international conference will be held in the southern hemisphere.

Click on the link below to view the report.

 Tiritiri Matangi Award ReportPDF document


For a more detailed history, go to our History page >>.




Photography by John Stewart ©