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Cataloguing the past 

The archaeological excavations on Ōtata Island in 2020 and 2021 brought back over half a tonne of material to the Auckland Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira and additional help was required to sort through the contents. This is where we come…

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It’s the little things that count

Shaun Lee is a designer, illustrator, blogger and photographer who regularly visits The Noises. Passionate about conservation,  Shaun loves to take pictures of the natural world - on land and sea  - with a particular focus on the little things.…

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Show us your mussels

We’ve been watching the mussel/kūtai beds around The Noises for as long as we can remember. For so many years they have been a reliable source of food for our family, countless visitors to the islands and the many generations…

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Increased coastal erosion is wearing us down

It’s not as if we need additional reasons to push for marine protection, nevertheless, here’s another compelling argument for ocean conservation – because a healthy ocean can help combat coastal erosion. Scientists have long been aware that a generous covering…

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A neighbour’s view

Simon Fraser attended a snorkel around Otata Island with Experiencing Marine Reserves. Simon has given us permission to publish his account here on The Noises website, which was first published on The Rakino Island Community Website. Ngā mihi nui, Simon.…

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