Matiu/Somes Penguin Site Maps

Matiu/Somes Island in Te Whanganui-o-Tara (Wellington Harbour) is the home for a range of native fauna including the little penguin (Korora).

A two-stage penguin study carried out between 2007 and 2014 began as a project to determine if flipper bands caused drag in the water and thus were affecting the ability to forage and feed their chicks. The large volume of data collected over the eight seasons confirmed the bands have little impact on the birds’ ability to forage and range and provided a lot of information about nest fidelity and breeding success.

A large number of nest boxes added during the study contributed to an substantial increase in the size of the colony.

The final stage in the penguin study was to provide maps showing the location of the 270+ nests on Matiu/Somes and the tracks between them. A team of volunteers GPS’d every site and Serge Peeters, one of our GIS volunteers, developed the maps. Another successful GiC supported project.

The set of 13 maps covering the penguin areas on Matiu/Somes Island have been thoroughly tested by penguin volunteers who confirmed they meet in full the study   team’s requirements.

An excellent job, well done, by Serge on behalf of GiC.


I'm a geogeek based in Wellington, New Zealand.

2 Responses

  1. Matiu Somes is now home to rare native birds including North Island robins, fluttering shearwaters and kakariki, a colony of little blue penguins which you may observe, and to six species of native reptiles.

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