The Eastern Bays of Auckland is a special place, lying between the city and the predator free islands of the Hauraki Gulf. Aucklanders and visitors alike come here to walk along Tamaki Drive, where they can see matuku moana (reef herons), tōrea (oyster catchers), matukutai (shags), kōtare (kingfishers) and a wealth of other seabirds and fish. The green spaces of our gardens, reserves and native forest fragments provide a safe haven for our land based birdlife: kererū, tūī, tauhou (silver eyes), ruru (morepork), pīpīwharauroa (shining cuckoo) and riroriro (grey warblers).
Our vision is of a community vibrant with birdlife, where tūī, pīwakawaka (fantail) and kererū are joined by visiting kākāriki, korimako (bellbird) and kākā. Where New Zealand's great taonga, the dawn chorus is restored, and where future generations, surrounded by our extraordinary and irreplaceable biodiversity, become its natural guardians.
The Eastern Bays are free of pests with healthy, biodiverse ecosystems able to support a wealth of birds and other native species. Our biodiverse local environment supports increased well being for our communities who enjoy living in and visiting the Eastern Bays.
The project covers 1380 ha of urban Auckland directly facing the pest-free islands of the Hauraki Gulf. It is a peninsular bordered by Hobson Bay to the west and Tamaki Estuary to the east. The project area is the northern side of the railway from Pt Resolution, across Hobson Bay, and up the Purewa Valley, to St John's Road, then in a line along the high ridges of St Heliers Bay Road and West Tamaki Road and down to Tamaki Estuary.
It includes Glendowie, St Heliers, Kohimarama, Mission Bay and Orakei.
- Encourage local residents to be involved in controlling rodents, possums, hedgehogs, and mustelids.
- Encourage residents to plant native trees which provide suitable food and habitat for native birds.
- Share our experience and the best practises we develop from our project to establish Auckland's first urban isthmus predator free sanctuary.
- Connect and coordinate with existing similar projects.
The objectives of the Eastern Bays Songbird Project are:
- Significantly reduce mammal pests in the Eastern Bays, supporting the Pest Free Auckland 2050 and Predator Free NZ 2050 initiatives..
- Increase the numbers and diversity of birds and other native species in the Eastern Bays.
- Increase the planting of native plants and trees to provide suitable food sources and habitat for birds and other native species.