The latest news from Project Island Song...

AGM invite - Thursday 22 Nov guest speaker Professor Dave Towns

Join us for our AGM:

6:30pm - Thursday 22nd November
at the Copthorne Hotel and Resort Bay of Islands
Professor Dave Towns on Seabirds, Scales and Seaweed

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Tracking down the Duvaucel's geckos

Recent work by the Project Island Song monitoring team has given us an insight into what the reintroduced Duvaucel's gecko population has been up to, and how they might be faring in their new home.

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The return of burrow-nesting seabirds to Ipipiri

Early this month Jo Sim and her species conservation dog Rua spent five gruelling days surveying the rugged coastlines of Ipipiri in search of burrow-nesting seabirds. The forests of these islands would have once been abundant with burrows housing a myriad of seabird species, but due to the arrival of introduced mammals and changes in land-use, the seabird population has been much reduced.

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All aboard the floating classrooms

Project Island Song is wrapped to welcome Ria Bright on board as our new education facilitator. Ria joined the team just before the start of the Floating Classrooms season, and has had a blast going out on all 10 trips this year.

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Thank you to the Joyce Fisher Charitable Trust

We would like to thank the Joyce Fisher Charitable Trust for their support, which will enable us to continue to teach and engage young people in conservation. We can't wait to start another season of floating classrooms, a programme where children experience native wildlife first-hand and can contribute personally to the wildlife sanctuary.

To learn more about the Joyce Fisher Charitable Trust, follow the link here to visit their website.

Welcome aboard Maddy!

What better way to welcome a newbie than by coercing them into wearing a furry full-body kiwi suit complete with leggings, on a hot summers day?

Maddy joined us in March just in time for Explore's Easter Family Fun Day at Otehei Bay. Though it was a hot ferry ride, it was a fun day, and a great way to start her new role.

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Want to get your hands dirty and help restore the islands?

Planters needed in May and June

Sunday 20th May- Urupukapuka Island
Planting 1400 plants in old stock dam and stream valley

Sunday 10th June- Urupukapuka Island
Infill planting 300 plants at Urupukapuka and Squid Bay

Register for the plantings by emailing us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Volunteer boat transport needed for planting on May 20th

planting daysIf planting's not your thing, why not help out by being a volunteer transport champion!

We have a big planting day coming up so we need extra boats to help transport volunteers from the mainland (Kerikeri, Opua and Russell) for our planting on May 20th at Entico Bay, Urupukapuka.

If you think you can help, please contact the volunteer coordinator on 020 4166 8724, or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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20170824 DW86846Project Island Song Education Facilitator

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a skilled educator to facilitate and lead our unique education programme.

We are looking for someone who is passionate about inspiring conservation action amongst young people and stakeholders, and experienced in conservation and environmental education.

More information here

Biosecurity Insights: Skinks hitchin' a ride

Project Island Song is lucky to have good relationships with local tourist operators, especially because we rely on them to be our eyes and ears for any pest incursions in the Bay. We felt this especially this month when one local operator, Vigilant yacht charters, reported two separate potential biosecurity incidents to Project Island Song.

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