Events

Count von Luckner Centenary
On 8th October, as part of Auckland's Heritage week, Motuihe Trust is running an event on the island to commemorate the escape of Count von Luckner from Motuihe Island 100 years ago. There will be guided walks which will reveal this exciting chapter in our WWI experience. There will also be the opportunity to see the progress of the restoration programme. Bring a picnic lunch and there will also be some refreshments for sale (bring cash). A ferry will leave Downtown at 9.15 and Motuihe at 3.15. Contact Fullers https://www.fullers.co.nz/events-plus-deals/celebrate-count-felix-von-luckners-life-on-motuihe-island/  for a booking. To book for the guided tours contact volunteermotuihe@gmail.com  or phone 08006688443. If coming by private boat, please also book for the guided tours ahead of time. This will be a great day, celebrating the history and restoration of Motuihe Island. 

Pacific gecko return

08 August 2016
Motuihe

The return of 54 Pacific gecko to Motuihe Island adds another successful translocation to the Motuihe Island story.

Motuihe Island has long been celebrated by Aucklanders for it’s white sandy beaches and safe moorings but it’s also now the home of kiwi, saddleback, tuatara, shore skink and other endangered species. The island is just 16 km from downtown Auckland.

A team of herpotologists from Auckland Zoo, Motuihe Trust and Bioreseaches captured the geckos on Saturday. The geckos came from Tarahiki Island thanks to the generousity of Ngati Paoa Trust Board. The release also celebrated the arrival of Dave Beamish, the new Motuihe ranger. The ranger is essential to the ongoing protection of the island’s endangered species, by preventing the arrival of predators like rats, stoats and dogs.

Pacific geckos are usually found in bush areas and are nocturnal. The geckos and their eggs are eaten by rats and birds, so they are most common on pest-free offshore islands. By releasing the geckos into an area surviving bush they were able to quickly take shelter in the bark of Pohutakawa. The females give birth to pairs of live young.

Historically the island was settled by Maori and then farmed by Europeans for over a century. Volunteers of the Motuihe Trust have since been working hard to re-vegetate the island; more than 100 ha have been planted with over 399,000 native trees since 2000. Invasive weeds have largely been brought under control. Rats, cats, rabbits and mice were eradicated from Motuihe and the island has been free of introduced mammalian pests since 2004.

Motuihe Island’s restoration and the gecko relocation received sponsorship from ASB Trust