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Welcome to Matiu Somes Charitable Trust

Matiu/Somes Island and two smaller islands - Mokopuna and Makaro/Ward - are located in Te Whanganui-a-Tara (Wellington Harbour). They are seen by many as 'jewels in the harbour' because of their status as scientific and historic reserves, and the long-term focus on developing and maintaining native flora and fauna.

We will publish regular News items for members and visitors about environmental projects and programmes, and other activities taking place on the island. Blog pages will be progressively added so that Friends of Matiu/Somes Island (MSICT’s members), sponsors, donors, and visitors receive regular reports on these activities.

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Projects | Stories

2016/17 fluttering shearwater breeding season ends

The 2016/17 fluttering shearwater breeding season has come to a very successful end. Three chicks were born and all successfully fledged. This compares to just one chick in 2014/15 and another in 2015/16. ... Read More >

Makaro Island
Flora | Fauna | Maintenance

Visit to Makaro Island – November 2016

On 20 November 2016, Graeme Taylor, Shane and Kieran Cotter visited Makaro (Ward) Island. Unfortunately Mark Ormsby, iwi rep, withdrew that morning from joining us. Transport was provided by Emma Dunning, DOC Ranger, ex Matiu/Somes Island. ... Read More >

Diving petrel

Diving Petrel on Matiu/Somes Island

On 4 September 2016, a diving petrel was caught on the fluttering shearwater colony. They have not been recorded on Matiu/Somes Island before. ... Read More >

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