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A Second Look into the Past

As Tāmaki Makaurau prepared for its fourth lockdown, archaeologists from Auckland Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira were already isolating out on Ōtata Island. They were there to gather more information from the eroding midden located on the Main beach. Back in…

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Reflections on my summer internship

Hannah Smith was the recipient of a Summer Student Internship with Tāmaki Paenga Hira Auckland War Memorial Museum. Hannah has written this blog about her experience. The Noises Islands sit just 24km North-East of Auckland and are a prime example…

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Saving scallops for another day

An area of the seafloor around Ōtata used to be densely covered with scallops (tupa or kuakua in te reo) along with horse mussels, dog cockles, sponges, and rhodolith beds. Despite having a scallop fishing season whose purpose is to…

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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;…

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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…

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