Project Island Song is a partnership between the Guardians of the Bay of Islands (a local community group), Te Rawhiti hapu (Ngati Kuta and Patukeha) and the Department of Conservation. Our vision is an archipelago of restored pest-free island sanctuaries for all to enjoy.
Since pest eradication was carried out in 2009, the islands of Ipipiri·have begun to regenerate naturally. The absence of rats has allowed a carpet of coprosma seedlings to grow; nikau palms, and·forest trees·including totara and rimu have started to grow from seeds dropped by birds. The future restored coastal forest is starting to emerge.
In Otehei Bay, on Ururupukapuka Island there are many more tui and the torea (variable oystercatcher), and tuturiwhatu (NZ dotterel) numbers are also increasing. Katatai (banded rail) have been seen for the first time in many years on Motuarohia Island. Insects and reptiles too are returning - weta and mokomoko (skinks).