Project Island Song's vision is the ecological restoration of the pest-free islands of Ipipiri in the eastern Bay of Islands to create an archipelago of sanctuaries that celebrates the native subtropical habitat, lush with vegetation and alive with birdsong.
Project Island Song is a partnership between community conservation group the Guardians of the Bay of Islands, local Rawhiti hapu (Ngati Kuta and Patukeha) and the Department of Conservation.
Thanks to this incredible partnership the islands of Ipipiri are beginning to sing once again after many years of silence.
New Zealand’s native wildlife is under threat. Humans created that threat. It is up to us to help redress the balance and support natural regeneration.
Project Island Song is a unique partnership between community group the Guardians of the Bay of Islands, Te Rawhiti hapū (Ngati Kuta and Patukeha) and the Department of Conservation. This partnership is dedicated to restoring ecological balance to the islands, drawing together the energy, talent and culture of local people to bring the birdsong back to Ipipiri, note by note.
Ngati Kuta and Patukeha ki Te Rawhiti are the Kaitiaki, or caretakers, of Ipipiri, the eastern Bay of Islands, for Ngapuhi.
We are centred at Te Rawhiti and fully support the Guardians of the Bay of Islands and their goals.
As hapu, or sub-tribes, of Ngapuhi, Ngati Kuta and Patukeha have lived in, and around, the Bay of Islands for a thousand years and have whakapapa (genealogies) and oral history to remember this millennium.
Project Island Song is reliant on funders and sponsors to keep us on the path to achieving our vision. Thank you to all those who have contributed towards Project Island Song in various ways, including the provision of free travel for volunteers going to the islands, funding project work, sponsoring volunteer lunches on planting days and much more.
With your support we can bring the islands of Ipipiri alive again with the sound of native New Zealand birdsong.