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Tara Iti Bird

The Tara Iti

The Tara Iti is one of our rarest and most threatened species. This critically endangered bird has only 16 breeding pairs left in Aotearoa, with only around 12 pairs surviving on beaches between Whangarei and Auckland. The Endangered Species Foundation has identified Tara Iti, also known as the New Zealand Fairy Tern in itsTop Ten Most Endangered Species List.

With the help of Lil Ceramics, we've made the Egglet Dish to pay homage and cast a spotlight to this wee bird. This dish has been designed to replicate the Tara Iti egg, made from a white stoneware clay with a speckled glaze, to help raise awareness about the threats to this bird. $10 from each Egglet dish sale will be donated to The Endangered Species Foundation in hopes we can help it's survival.

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Help the Endangered Species Foundation protect the Tara Iti. Every donation helps


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.


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.