Story: Gannets and boobies

Muriwai colony

Muriwai colony

Gannets began breeding in the Muriwai area, north of Auckland, in the 1900s. The colony expanded from Oaia Island, 1.6 kilometres off the coast, to Motutara Island, a rock stack close to the mainland. Eventually in late 1979 the birds moved to a headland at Otakamiro Point. The photo shows the mainland colony (left) and the Motutara colony (right).

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Photograph by Les Molloy

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Maggy Wassilieff, 'Gannets and boobies - Gannets: description and habitat', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/5825/muriwai-colony (accessed 11 July 2020)

Story by Maggy Wassilieff, published 12 Jun 2006, reviewed & revised 17 Feb 2015