July 2021

Environment enhances curriculum on Rakiura | Education Gazette

‘Since July 2020, the school has teamed up in a pilot scheme with the New Zealand Penguin Initiative and local environmental group SIRCET (Stewart Island/ Rakiura Community & Environment Trust) to observe little blue penguins/kororā at Ackers Point, near Oban.

“The initiative is nationwide, and they want to find out about little blue penguin/ kororā. We set up four cameras and every two weeks, the kids download the footage from the SD cards, then upload the data onto spreadsheets. They watch the footage, record the penguin, time, date,” explains Kath.’

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September 2020

Where The Seabirds Go | NZ Geographic

The September-October 2020 issue of New Zealand Geographic’s feature story is titled “Where The Seabirds Go” and describes the significance of seabird tracking research conducted in recent years. One section covers the long winter journeys of tawaki and the work conducted by the Tawaki Project and NZPI. The article is written by Bill Morris who was part of the October 2019 expedition to the Bounty Islands (see 2019 Q4 report).

Photos by Richard Robinson.

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July 2020

Short Documentary | Bounty Islands 2019, Bill Morris

This short documentary, produced and edited by Bill Morris, captures the Bounty Island expedition. While focussing primarily on the albatross work conducted by albatross researchers (including advisory board member Paul Sagar) it captures the uniqueness of these remote subantarctic islands.

June 2020

Seabirds in the ‘snow’ –2019 Bounty Islands expedition | Birds NZ Magazine

The June 2020 edition of Birds NZ Magazine features a write up by Thomas Mattern, recounting his experience of the Bounty Islands expedition in October, 2019.

The Bounty Islands are home to about 75% of New Zealand’s
Salvin’s Mollymawk population and around one third of the
world’s Erect-crested Penguins breed here. Both species are
thought to be in decline, with Erect-crested Penguins currently ranked ‘At risk (Declining)’ and Salvin’s Mollymawk considered
‘Threatened (National Critical)’. Yet, as we gaze upon their
densely packed nests on Proclamation Island, this seems hard to comprehend. There just seem to be so many of them

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23 APRIL 2020

Media Release | New Zealand penguins to be studied by millions in global citizen science project

Tens of thousands of time-lapse images recording the comings and goings at penguin nests from Jackson Head, Milford Sound/Piopiotahi and Codfish Island/Whenua Hou will be added to the successful Penguin Watch citizen science project. Hosted by the Zooniverse platform a collaboration between Oxford University, New Zealand Penguin Initiative and University of Otago will investigate nesting behaviour and breeding success of one of the least known penguin species.

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13 April 2020

Short Documentary | Fiordland Crested Penguins- The Tawaki Project, Braydon Moloney

Braydon’s short documentary featuring interviews with Thomas Mattern and Ursula Ellenberg and showing the Harrison Cove tawaki transponder gate in action screened at the New Zealand Mountain Film Festival in Wanaka on 28 June 2020. The documentary was part of a fourpart series of short films produced during Braydon’s two-week tenure with the Tawaki Project in Milford Sound in October 2019. The documentaries are available on Youtube.