Taking Flight

By . Image credit Northern NZ Seabird Trust/ DOC/ www.depth.co.nz. 2017 seminar

The Hauraki Gulf Marine Park seminar returns and promises to reveal everything you wanted to know about seabirds.

We have assembled an outstanding line up of international, national and local figures, united in their knowledge and passion for seabirds and their environment. Join us for the day on September 6 and be inspired by the world of seabirds.

2017 Hauraki Gulf Marine Park Seminar
Kōrero mō ngā Manu o te Moana
9:30AM – 4:30pm Wednesday 6 September
Auckland Museum

Inspiring stories, drawn from the world of seabirds. Bookings recommended at ticket desks, +64 9 306 7048 or aucklandmuseum.com. $40 + $3 booking fee (catered lunch and teas). Door sales subject to availability.

9:30 am Mihi and welcome

Introduction by Mayor John Tregidga, Chair, Hauraki Gulf Forum

Session 1. 9:40 am Place

Chair: Karen Baird, Birdlife International and Forest and Bird

Nga manu o te moana

Joe Davis is a kaumatua with Hauraki iwi Ngati Hei. He reveals the significance of seabirds in migration stories, whakapapa, cultural identity and in the exercising of kaitiakitanga.

A global perspective

Dr Andre Raine has worked on bird conservation projects in Bermuda, Zambia, Peru, England and Malta. He is currently Project Coordinator for the Kaua’i Endangered Seabird Recovery project in Hawaii. He puts the Hauraki Gulf seabirds into a global context.

Celebrating our Seabirds

Artist and researcher, inaugural Holdaway Award winner and co-founder of the Northern New Zealand Sea Bird Trust Chris Gaskin takes a creative look what make seabirds so special.

Youth Voice

Paice Vaughn is head student at Kaipara College. He works with Sustainable Coastlines, is researching gannet nesting at Muriwai and organises community science seminars.

Session 2, 11:10 am Challenge

Chair: Mook Hohneck, Ngati Manuhiri

Restoring seabird ecosystems

AUT Associate Professor Dave Towns has enjoyed a distinguished career at universities and with the Department of Conservation. He will chart the fierce and critical battle with predators over many years and islands.

Working across cultures

Alice Anderson of Ngati Hako provides Hauraki mātauranga (traditional knowledge) in research and conservation efforts on the Ruamāhua/ Alderman islands.

Questions of fisheries

Auckland University researcher Dr Glenn Simmons asks hard questions about the way we fish. What might a better way look like?

Youth Voice

15 year old Charlotte Thomas volunteers to band, survey and protect seabirds. She also organised her fellow MADMarine programme students to make nesting boxes for penguins on Great Barrier Island.

Session 3, 1:30 pm Innovation

Chair: Liane Ngamane, Deputy Chair, Hauraki Gulf Forum

Giving Voice to Nature

Dame Anne Salmond, historian, author and former New Zealander of the Year is restoring an inland oi (greyfaced petrel) colony at her family’s Longbush ecosanctuary. She also reflects on emerging ways of giving a voice to nature.

Finding what’s where

Another Holdaway Award winner, Auckland University’s Dr Rochelle Constantine marvels at the productivity of the Hauraki Gulf. Follow the food and you’ll find the animals. She explains how recent surveys and science are showing us what’s where.

Across space, time and molecules

Innovative research led by Auckland Museum’s Curator of Land Vertebrates Dr Matt Rayner and University of Auckland’s Dr Brendon Dunphy is helping understand seabirds, from oceanic to cellular scale.

Youth Voice

12 year old Gala Emmerton of Mahurangi College decided to raise money to save our rarest bird, the NZ fairy tern.

Session 4, 3:20 pm Doing

Chair: Tim Higham, Executive Officer, Hauraki Gulf Forum

Fishing around birds

Leigh Fisheries Operations Manager Tom Searle was presented with a Seabird Smart Award in 2015 at Parliament. He has championed crew training, preparation of seabird management plans and supports awareness raising visits by fishermen to Aotea’s black petrel colony.

Aotea’s taiko

High on Hirakimata above marae at Kawa and Motairehe are the nesting places of taiko or black petrel. Ngati Rehua’s Nicola MacDonald shares encounters with this remarkable bird and the responsibilities of being a kaitiaki.

Seabirds as environmental indicators

Auckland University Dr Megan Friesen’s work looks to links the success of seabird populations with patterns of food availability and other changes in the marine ecosystem.

Seabirds as ecosystem engineers

It’s said that New Zealand’s forests grew on the backs of seabirds. AUT’s Stephanie Borrelle is looking at how nutrients from seabird colonies power up our ecosystems.

Spade work

While volunteering at Tawharanui Open Sanctuary, James Ross become captivated by seabirds and has become a champion for their inclusion in ecological restoration programmes.

Holdaway Award

Presentation of this year’s award for outstanding leadership.


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