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Rakino Island is a small island of 364 acres, one acre for every day of the year, or 150 Ha. It is situated about a kilometre and a half north east of Motutapu Island and about a kilometre south west of the Noises group. The island has about 18 permanent residents, swelling to 100-200 over holiday periods, particularly during the warmer weather.
Rakino Island has been pest free since 2002, that means no rats, mice, stoats, ferrets, and any of the other nasty mammalian pests that would destroy our native species and seriously impact on our way of life. The stories that you might hear from people who have been on the island prior to the rat eradication are not exaggerated!!!
Rakino Island is predominantly clad in kikuyu grass up to several feet thick in places which can make access difficult and also
creates a fire risk at any time of the year. There are few surviving native plantings. There is however a number of revegetated
sites, Maori Garden Bay, Woody Bay and the Department of Conservation reserve at the end of Askew Avenue.
Our location, close to Motutapu Island and Tiri puts us in the enviable position of having "natural reintroductions" take place, for example kakariki, banded rail and spotless crake. In 2005 bellbirds self introduced from Tiri Tiri Matangi. There is not too many places in New Zealand where you can be entertained by so many different species of our native birds so close to home.
The challenge over the coming years will be to provide an increase in habitat for these birds and other species such as endangered lizards that may be the subject of translocations and prevent an increase in weeds, both in number and type.
I have created this website in the hope that through knowledge of our environment people might be encouraged to take an active interest in protecting and enhancing the natural values of Rakino Island; our little piece of paradise.