Eastern Bays Songbird Project Manu Tī Oriori


Our local reserves and the pest free islands of the Hauraki Gulf host growing populations of birds. The native birds from Motuihe, Motutapu and Rangitoto are already reintroducing themselves to areas of Auckland. By removing pests and providing the right food trees and habitat we can help nature regenerate and halt the decline of our taonga.

Through the efforts of locals, other areas of New Zealand have seen their existing bird population multiply many times. This is our dream for the Eastern Bays.

The Songbird Project takes safety and animal welfare very seriously in our mission to bring back native bird song to pest free Eastern Bays. We work closely with technical experts from Auckland Council to continually update our best practice methods and minimise any risks to pets and children. We do not target pets and are confident that there is very little risk to them from best practice trapping.

The Project

Eastern Bays Songbird Project Inc. is a non-governmental organisation in Auckland, New Zealand.

We aim to restore and regenerate the natural ecosystems of the Eastern Bays to create a sanctuary alive with birds, enhancing the lives of our residents and visitors.

To achieve this, we will mobilise the community to take action both on their properties and in local open spaces to provide environments in which populations of birds and invertebrates can flourish.

We will work with local people and organisations already trapping pests and encourage and coordinate the local community to trap throughout the residential areas. This project will contribute significantly, and be integral, to Pest Free Auckland 2050 and Predator Free NZ 2050.

Our Vision

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.

Our Mission

  • 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.

Our Objectives

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.

Target Area

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 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.