skip to Main Content

We’ve lost so much…

A new series by marine conservation charity Live Ocean, in partnership with New Zealand Geographic, records the voices of those who can remember the former bounty of the Hauraki Gulf - their Songs of the Sea. It asks the question;…

Read More

A new year, a new bird!

A new seabird species has chosen The Noises as its home. The Cook’s petrel (Tītī) has been found breeding on Ōtata Island. In November 2020, seabird experts Dr Matt Rayner (Auckland Museum) and Dr Gaia Dell’Ariccia (Auckland Council) discovered a…

Read More

Looking Into the Past

On the main beach of Ōtata Island there is a Māori midden about 50 metres in length. In March 2020 Auckland Museum archaeologists carried out a small excavation on the midden in partnership with the Neureuter family and Ngāi Tai…

Read More

Marine Musings

I spend hours in the water snorkelling, looking at stuff and wondering. Since 11 January the strong southwesterly winds have mostly decreased. The temperatures have been getting steadily warmer and we’ve been treated to beautiful clear water. I don’t think…

Read More

Seabirds and Surprises

We know what Matt Rayner (Auckland Museum), Tim Lovegrove and Todd Landers (Auckland Council) were hoping to achieve when they installed dummy 3D printed spotted shags, complete with an acoustic attraction system on Ōtata a year ago. But, who’d have…

Read More
Back To Top