Fantastic data collection taking place this year on the New Zealand Storm Petrels. Research is underway to find out if birds captured outside the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park are breeding on other islands. Currently, the only known location is Hauturu-o-Toi/Little Barrier Island. ... See MoreSee Less
Reminder: submissions on Ngāti Hei Trust's application for a 2-year closure of the eastern Coromandel scallop fishery close on Monday 17 May. The Hauraki Gulf Forum has submitted in full support of Ngāti Hei Trust's application. Ngati Hei Ki Wharekaho
Kia ora whānau, a student who is doing her thesis on the attitudes of NZers towards marine life has reached out to see if we can share the survey around. If you have 5 minutes and are keen to help you can find it at the link below.
Our podcast Hauraki Gulf Kōrero is half-way through its first season and there are five AMAZING episodes already released to have a listen to this weekend. Available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts and other podcast platforms. 🎧🙌
Iwi, hapū, whānau and communities on the eastern Coromandel have had enough of the decline in the health of the Hauraki Gulf and are taking action. Come join us for an afternoon event on Saturday 5 June in Whitianga to discuss how we can protect the moana. 🐳 ... See MoreSee Less
Ever thought about volunteering? There are plenty of ways to get involved with conservation efforts from volunteering on one-off days to longer-term projects taking place all around Tāmaki Makarau / Auckland and the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park / Tīkapa Moana / Te Moananui-ō-Toi. 🌱🐀 ... See MoreSee Less
Episode 5 of Hauraki Gulf Kōrero has just launched on all major podcast platforms 🎧🙌
In this episode, Rosie Nathan (Ngāti Whātua, Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Porou) and Kim Collins share their kōrero about Foundation North’s transformational Gulf Innovation Fund Together (GIFT), from taking a conscious decision to break some of the usual rules of philanthropy, to putting the restoration of mauri at the heart of the fund’s purpose, and being rewarded for taking a risk on a number of innovative projects to help heal the Hauraki Gulf, Tīkapa Moana, Te Moananui-ā-Toi.
🦞 kōura / crayfish numbers in the Marine Park are even worse than we thought (!) according to a new report by scientists at The University of Auckland. This only underlines the urgent need for Ministers to move ahead with their Sea Change response plan.
Check out Secret of the Whales below! 🐳At last I can talk about this remarkable encounter that we filmed for National Geographic's 'Secret of the Whales', released last week and now viewable on Disney Plus.
I'm still absolutely blown away by this encounter and the trust that this animal had in us.
After a couple of minutes in the water filming a pod of orca playing with a cray pot rope, this large male swam up slowly from the depths and lay motionless on the surface right next to me.
Initially not realising that it was caught in the line (as I was filming on the opposite side of the animal). The first thing I noticed was the detail on it's face, the bumps and scratches, which are not normally obvious from a distance. Then having its eye looking intently at me was surreal ... having a large male stationary like this is something I've never before experienced from hundreds of individual encounters while filming orca in the water!
As I swam around its head to the other side it quickly became obvious what had happened and seemed that this animal was actually sitting there patiently waiting for us to free it.
Here Luke Howe, my safety diver is about to cut the rope (out of the photo, the rest of the pod are watching on from behind Luke's back!!). We decided to cut the rope as it was the quickest and safest way for all to release the animal.
Unbelievably as soon as the animal was released it swam directly to the next cray pot about 150m away and started playing with the rope!!!
Also about 3 months later this exact same animal was the one that got entangled in a recreational cray line in Tutukaka harbour on Dec 23, towing it all the way down to Auckland Harbour (over 150km), before having it cut off on Dec 27.
For an incredibly intelligent species, I think this animal may be missing a few brain cells :-)
If you want to watch the sequence and the amazing series, you can now view on Disney Plus
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The Department of Conservation are looking for volunteers to help out during this year's New Zealand fur seal haul-out period (June - October)! Click the link to find out more information on what the role involves and how to apply. ... See MoreSee Less