A tieke (Saddleback)

  PICTURED: A tieke (Saddleback)  

Tiri gifts

By . Photography by Brian Cairns. 2015 june

Tiritiri Matangi has given a helping hand to restoration efforts in the eastern Bay of Islands.

Project Island Song arranged transfer this month of 40 Tiri-raised popokotea (whiteheads) and 40 tieke (saddlebacks). Popokotea have been absent from Northland for more than a century and were transferred to Motuarohia Island.

The tieke arrived on Moturua and Urupukapuka by helicopter, to be welcomed by conservation workers, volunteers, schoolchildren, hapu members, Members of Parliament and TV personalities.