Tiritiri Matangi (“looking to the wind” or “wind tossing about”) is one of the most successful conservation projects in the world. Unwanted predators have been eradicated, and the once-pastoral island has been replanted with native trees. Rare native birds and animals have been returned to its now-safe and restored habitats.
The island lies in the Hauraki Gulf, 4 km off the coast of Auckland’s Whangaparaoa Peninsula. Visitors are welcome to explore the world renowned island sanctuary of Tiritiri Matangi, lying 4 km off the coast of Whangaparaoa, north of Auckland.
Takahē were first introduced to Tiritiri Matangi in 1991 when two boys, Mr Blue and Stormy, were transferred there from Maud Island.
For some fascinating details about the history, naming and current location of many of the takahē associated with Tiritiri Matangi visit the Tiritiri Matangi Supporters website
Plans for takahē on Tiritiri Matangi
Tiritiri Matangi will continue playing a critical role for the recovery programme well into the future. It currently holds 3 breeding pairs of takahē. Generally each year Tiritiri Matangi’s takahē population produces 2-3 young birds, which are transferred as sub-adults (1 -3 year old birds) to other sites. These transfers help ensure that the Tiritiri Matangi takahē do not become inbred and the birds will be introduced to a mate at their new site and hopefully go on to contribute to the breeding programme.