Nau mai, haere mai!
Welcome to the
Matakana Island Environment Group website
This website will serve to inform the whanau and general public about the environmental happenings on Matakana Island.
Matakana Island Click for Map of Matakana Island is located in Tauranga Harbour in the Bay of Plenty, North Island, New Zealand. The Island is New Zealands only “raised sand barrier island” and is also classed as a nationally significant geological site. There are large complexes of freshwater and estuarine wetlands, as well as extensive indigenous sand dune communities and we have more than 10 nationally threatened species of avi-fauna. Unsustainable land-use practices has lead to the degradation of the whenua and moana of Matakana Island. The Matakana Island Environment Group seeks to address and restore the Island back to its natural state through ecological restoration. Our aim is -
“To restore, protect and enhance our biodiversity on Matakana Island whilst providing employment and education for our people
– Mana Whenua, Mana Moana, Mana Tangata”
How it began… For the last ten years we (tangata whenua) have been working in partnership with DOC in the management, protection and monitoring of the endangered NZ Dotterel. We have built this to be the most successful NZ Dotterel breeding programme in NZ. Through this project the need was recognised to establish and promote Biodiversity practices and management of our ‘taonga tuku iho’. The uniqueness of our wetlands, freshwater, coastal, inter-tidal zones and the Island itself has been scientifically realised through research by nationally recognised scientists. This research reiterates the fact that Matakana Island is extremely vulnerable and of the upmost importance not only to us (the tangata whenua) but to the whole Western Bay of Plenty and New Zealand – it is ‘the jewel of the Bay’!!