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There’s a new attraction at Tāwharanui: a fake gannet colony has been established with the aim of attracting the real thing. A team of enthusiastic volunteers set up the new ‘colony’ of sixteen plastic decoys together with nest mounds and a sound system playing gannet calls.

One of New Zealand's most threatened birds, the takahē, will soon be coming to Tāwharanui Open Sanctuary.


The Annual General Meeting of the Tawharanui Open Sanctuary Society Inc. is to be held at 1pm on Sunday, 1st September 2013 at the Woolshed, Tawharanui Regional Park.

The ninety saddleback released at Tāwharanui Open Sanctuary in March 2012 have settled in well to their new home with many new fledglings observed in the past months.

The Environment Minister, Amy Adams, has announced that TOSSI is to receive funding from the Community Environment Fund for our planting program.

Create homes for birds!

Thanks to all those who helped at the 2017 Planting Days

4th June : 180 volunteers - 5,062 plants

2nd July : 80 volunteers - 4,959 plants

6th August : 150 volunteers - 4,363 plants

Corporate and Nursery Team - 4,340 plants