Rangitāhua (Kermadec Islands) hosts internationally significant terrestrial nature reserves and one of our largest marine reserves - scientifically identified as one of the most intact marine ecosystems on Earth. 


We are working in partnership with Ngati Kuri, University of Auckland, Massey University, NIWA, Manaaki Whenua, and University of Waikato to identify tohu (signs) of ecosystem change and to develop methods of ensuring the long-term wellbeing of Rangitāhua’s ecosystems. 


Our research is developed within a collaborative framework whereby iwi, as mana whenua and kaitiaki, in partnership with researchers, are at the centre of delivering on our national and international obligations around marine and terrestrial reserves, and our obligations to Te Tiriti o Waitangi.


2016 Expedition
October - November 2016

2016 Expedition

The 2016 Kermadec expedition was a collaborative research effort by a team of researchers from Auckland Museum, the University of Auckland, Massey University, NIWA and the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. The multi-disciplinary team investigated the biodiversity of organisms living on the ocean floor and at midwater, how marine mammal populations use the region, and examined what animal and plant species are shared between mainland New Zealand and the Kermadec region.

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