Oceanic Storytellers: Seabird research for the Hauraki Gulf

Northern New Zealand Seabird Trust

At this one day seminar, we will present the initial results from our research into using seabirds to measure the health of the Hauraki Gulf. Speakers will also highlight threats to seabirds, a seabird restoration initiative working with community groups, and a new website to promote seabird research for the region. The website will include interactive features including up-to-date information on our precious seabird taonga. These research and education projects are the work of the Seabird Trust, University of Auckland, DOC’s Conservation Services Programme, Auckland War Memorial Museum, Auckland Council and Birds New Zealand, with funding support from Foundation North’s G.I.F.T Initiative. 

Tickets include lunch, plus tea and coffee.



9:00 Mihi Whakatau with Kaumātua Tautoko Witika, Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei, followed by a welcome from James Ross (NNZST)
9:10 Introduction to the seabirds of northern Aotearoa New Zealand, Chris Gaskin (NNZST)
9:30 Pacific Exploration: The navigational role traditionally played by birds. Andrew Crowe (author of Pathway of the Birds: The Voyaging Achievements of Māori and their Polynesian Ancestors)
9:50 Te Ara Whānui: The Many Pathways. Sheridan Waitai (Ngāti Kuri)
10:10 Morning Tea

10:30 Northern Aotearoa NZ seabird research overview Chris Gaskin (NNZST)
10:50 Seabirds are ocean indicators….great, now what? Brendon Dunphy (University of Auckland)
11:00 Kororā/Little Blue Penguins from the Hen & Chickens – physiology and tracking. Kerry Lukies (University of Auckland)
11:15 Surveys to Sentinels – the makings of a PhD on shearwaters and prions. Edin Whitehead (University of Auckland)
11:30 Waddling Towards Recovery: Kororā Ecophysiology in the Hauraki Gulf. Spencer McIntyre (University of Auckland)
11:45 Takoketai black petrels and toanui flesh-footed shearwaters. Biz Bell (WMIL)
12:05 A species in crisis? Rako Buller's shearwater: population survey, foraging and feeding associations (preliminary results). Megan Friesen (University of Auckland/St Martin’s University)/Chris Gaskin (NNZST)
12:20 The Miracle bird – update on the New Zealand storm petrel project. Chris Gaskin (NNZST) on behalf of the NZSP Project team
12:30 Lunch

1:00 DOC Conservation Services Programme contracts – from petrel diving behaviour around fishing vessels to indirect effects from fisheries and light attraction. Chris Gaskin (NNZST)
1:15 Fish school dynamics. Lily Kozmian-Ledward (Sea Lily Ltd) /Andrew Jeffs (University of Auckland)
1:30 Australasian gannets in the Hauraki Gulf. Nigel Adams (Unitec Institute of Technology)
1:50 Island restoration: seabirds and surprises. Dave Towns (AUT)
2:10 Keeping up with the Tubenoses: Vegetative succession and seabird activity during passive island recovery. Christy Wails (AUT/Northern Illinois University) (video)
2:20 Nearshore recovery of seabird islands following invasive species eradication. Lyndsay Rankin (AUT/Northern Illinois University) (video)
2:30 Threats to seabirds in northern Aotearoa New Zealand. Edin Whitehead (University of Auckland)
2:40 Application of the Motiti model for marine restoration and protection. Te Atarangi Sayers (Motiti Rohemoana Trust)
3:00 The take-off of a long-term regional programme to restore seabirds. Challenges and perspectives. Gaia Dell'Ariccia (Auckland Council) 3:15 AFTERNOON TEA
3:30 Counting what counts. Peter Frost (Science Support Service)
3:50 Keeping track of a community seabird restoration project. James Ross (NNZST/TOSSI)/ Rachel Fewster (University of Auckland)
4:05 Monitoring breeding seabirds on pest-free Motuora and Tiritiri Matangi Islands. John Stewart (Motuora Restoration Society, Supporters of Tiritiri Matangi, Supporters of Shakespear Open Sanctuary)
4:20 Seabird re-establishment on mainland Tutukaka. Dayna Davies (Tutukaka Landcare Group)
4:30 Bream Head/Te Whara - Restoring the vital link. Adam Willetts (Bream Head Conservation Trust)
4:40 Oceanic Storytellers - Website. Edin Whitehead (NNZST/University of Auckland)
4:45 Seabird Trust Community Projects Liaison. Kerry Lukies (NNZST)
4:50 Closing remarks - Our place in the Pacific. Karen Baird (NNZST/Secretariat for Pacific Regional Environment Programme)
5:00 Seminar ends

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