Project Island Song is the restoration of the pest-free islands of Ipipiri (the eastern Bay of Islands), an archipelago of island sanctuaries for all to enjoy. It is a partnership between the Guardians of the Bay of Islands (a local community group), Te Rawhiti hapu (Ngati Kuta and Patukeha) and the Department of Conservation.
Since pest eradication was carried out in 2009, the islands of Ipipiri·have begun to regenerate naturally. The absence of rats has allowed a carpet of coprosma seedlings to grow; nikau palms, and·forest trees·including totara and rimu have started to grow from seeds dropped by birds. The future restored coastal forest is starting to emerge.
In Otehei Bay, on Ururupukapuka Island there are many more tui and the torea (variable oystercatcher), and tuturiwhatu (NZ dotterel) numbers are also increasing. Katatai (banded rail)are now seen regularly on Motuarohia Island. Insects and reptiles too are returning - weta and mokomoko (skinks).