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.
The Guardians of the Bay of Islands
The Guardians of the Bay of Islands is a volunteer group that works on a range of activities to support island restoration. The Guardians is a registered charity and provides financial, material and physical support for Project Island Song.
Local hapū, Ngati Kuta and Patukeha
The local hapū, Ngati Kuta and Patukeha, are ahi kaa those who keep the home fires burning of Te Rawhiti. Through their role as kaitiaki caretakers of the land they have observed many changes over the years and are actively working to restore the mauri lifeforce and wairua spirit of the land and sea in the eastern Bay of Islands.
Department of Conservation
The Department of Conservation (DOC) is a New Zealand government organisation involved in many conservation projects in New Zealand. DOC is a world leader in island pest eradication. The department eradicated mammalian pests from the islands of Ipipiri in June 2009. DOC now actively promotes island biosecurity through education, advocacy and monitoring.
Independent pest control and planting initiatives by landowners and managers on the islands and the eastern Bay of Islands mainland coast are now linked through Project Island Song to create integrated pest management throughout the entire eastern Bay of Islands.