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Sounds of silence

Since the first recorded COVID-19 case in New Zealand in February 2020, the country has fought the virus using numerous methods, including lockdowns. What evolved as a four-tier alert level system has led to extended periods where non-essential travel was…

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Gaia Dell’Ariccia

Return of the tiny, winged taonga

As has been reported in several posts already, in 2019 Auckland Council included The Noises Islands in the regional seabird monitoring and research programme, pledging to a significant 13-years (and counting) commitment. But there are so many seabird species in…

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Ropeable weather and Rhamnus control

On Wednesday the 20th of October, an Auckland Council-funded weeding trip to Ōtata Island was undertaken to control Rhamnus (Evergreen Buckthorn) on the north-facing cliffs. Due to the location of these weeds, it was necessary to send out a ropes…

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The unseen benefits of going with the flow

The Moana Project investigates larval dispersal of kūtai (green-lipped mussel). The Moana Project is a five-year Endeavour Fund ocean research initiative funded by The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) and its aim is to improve our understanding of…

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Long-term commitment to seabird surveys

When Auckland Council agreed to support a significant multi-year monitoring programme of seabirds on The Noises, The Noises Trust was delighted, because ecological surveys of this nature are an essential tool for assessing overall ecosystem health. Leading this ambitious study…

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We need to talk about kina

The number of living creatures of all Orders, whose existence intimately depends on the kelp, is wonderful... I can only compare these great aquatic forests of the southern hemisphere with the terrestrial ones in the intertropical regions. Yet if in…

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A tale of three fishers

Once upon a time, for many kiwis, being in a boat on the ocean was all about fishing, fishing and more fishing. Many of us have photo albums of old holiday snaps, where Stubbies-clad dads stand beside sunburnt kids, all…

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