The Tara Iti/New Zealand Fairy Tern

The Tara Iti is one of Aoteoroa's rarest and most threatened species. This critically endangered bird has only 16 breeding pairs left in New Zealand, with only 12 pairs surviving on beaches between Whangarei and Auckland. The Endangered Species Foundation has identified tara iti, the New Zealand Fairy Tern in it's Top Ten Most Endangered Species List.

We've partnered with the Endangered Species Foundation to help raise awareness about the threats to this bird in hopes we can help it's survival.

This year 7 Tara Iti / Fairy Tern chicks have made themselves at home across the Mangawhai breeding sites this season, which is the most we've seen since the 2013-2014 season. There are 12 chicks in total for the 2021- 2022 season and with a population of only around 45 individuals, it is a massive win for the species.”

Meeting the Tara Iti

Boh visits the Tara Iti In Mangawhai

Catch a glimpse of these endangered birds in Boh's visit to the Mangawhai nesting site of these birds.

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What else can I do to help?

You can sign this petition calling on the NZ Government and Auckland Council, to stop the renewal, and granting of new sand mining consents in the Mangawhai - Pakiri Embayment.