Past Projects

Tamatea/Dusky Sound Restoration Art Exhibition

The vision is for Tamatea/Dusky Sound to be one of Earth’s most intact ecosystems, a source of endangered native species with which to repopulate conservation sites throughout New Zealand. Dusky Sound is a pioneer for island sanctuary projects, with many islands having had pest animals removed or reduced to low levels.

The Tamatea/Dusky Sound restoration plan is a 30 year project with the ambitious goal of eradicating pests and re-introducing species that once flourished in the area. Dusky Sound’s geographical isolation has assisted it to remain one of the least modified parts of mainland New Zealand, with lush native bush cover and relatively few weeds. Many of Dusky Sound’s islands have never been invaded by the introduced pests that now plague the mainland.

The project area encompasses Breaksea Sound, Acheron Passage, Wet Jacket Arm, and Dusky Sound itself, and over 700 islands, including New Zealand’s fifth largest island, Resolution Island.

View the full restoration plan.

To help tell Tamatea’s story, in 2016 26 artists produced more than 50 original works of art inspired by the area. Each artist donated some or all of their work to support DOC’s conservation and restoration projects in Dusky Sound. These artworks were then sold and all funds were donation to the restoration plan.

The Foundation supported this creative project, providing expertise in funds management.

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Yellow-eyed Penguin (hoiho)

New Zealand status: Endemic (found only in New Zealand)

Estimates vary, up to 2000 breeding pairs. In 2016 there were fewer than 200 breeding pairs on the Otago coast

Conservation status: Threatened and nationally vulnerable
Found in:

Banks Peninsula, the southeast South Island, Stewart Island/Rakiura, Codfish Island/Whenua Hou and on the subantarctic Auckland and Campbell islands

The birds' scientific name, Megadyptes antipodes, means 'a big diver from the southern lands'. Its Ma - ori  name, hoiho ('noise shouter'), comes from its shrill call. Hoiho are not typically colonial. They seek out private nesting sites in coastal forests, scrub or dense flax, up to one kilometre inland.

Disease is a major threat to chick and adult survival. Dogs are the most significant predator of hoiho on land. Natural predators at sea include barracouta, sharks, seals and sea lions. Injuries from barracouta are the most common.