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Re-establishing flora and birds, Motuihe Island

Motuihe Island, near Auckland used to be overrun by pest weeds and rabbits. But the hard work from volunteers at Motuihe Island Restoration Trust means the island is now pest-free.

Volunteers have planted over 430,000 native plants. They gather seeds and bring them back to the nursery for planting until they are ready to be properly established.

The new plants mean food for birds and insects, which has resulted in the introduction of tīeke, skinks, bellbird, kiwi, and even tuatara.

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See people getting hands-on to help fight climate change.

Grab your phone and volunteer for a nature project near you: tepapa.nz/collaborate

This project is part of Te Taiao | Nature at Te Papa.