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Celebrating New Zealand’s Ray of Sunshine

20 year anniversary of hihi/stitchbird on Tiritiri Matangi Island

Monday 16th November at Unitec *Red Lecture Theatre, Pt Chevalier, Auckland

Free event: All welcome, have a drink, learn about hihi conservation and join the celebrations.

Please let us know if you would like to come –

What’s on:

6:30 – 7.00pm – hihi film and photography exhibition

7.00 – 8.20pm – hihi conservation speed talks

8:20 – 9:30pm – a chance to chat with the hihi team and enjoy the exhibition with drinks and canapes


Speed Talk Programme:

Chair: Dr John Ewen (Zoological Society of London & Co-chair of Hihi recovery Group)



Dr Patricia Brekke (Zoological Society of London): Sex lives of the world’s most promiscuous species revealed

Dr John Perrott (Auckland University of Technology): The maatauranga Maori of hihi in Aotearoa

Dr Alienor Chauvenet (University of Queensland): Climate change, hihi and an argument for assisted colonisation of the south

Kate Richardson (Department of Conservation): Hihi personality – its influence on dispersal and survival

Professor Doug Armstrong (Massey University): 20 years of hihi research – the value and legacy of long-term studies


Pre-order your limited edition hihi celebration tee shirt by emailing Also available at the event.


More info at

Hihi Photographic Competition – Please send us your 4 best hihi photos taken anywhere in New Zealand, the winner will be announced at the celebration on November 16th. More details available at



*Unitec Red Lecture Theatre:

Written by John Stewart

I have been watching, surveying and banding birds for over thirty years, fledging on Copeland Bird Observatory near Belfast, but now migrated to north Auckland where I am an active volunteer for the Supporters of Tiritiri Matangi (SoTM). I have been Chairperson of SoTM and am currently a member of their biodiversity committee. My interests are wide-ranging from seabirds to passerines. I represent the interests of the Supporters on the Hihi Recovery Group and, as a keen bander, have assisted with translocations. We are committed to continuing our role as a significant source of birds for hihi translocations.

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