Environment

Hihi next on SOSSI’s list

As you may have heard there has been another “translocation of ‘Kiwis’” to the open sanctuary, namely the people evacuated from Wuhan who are being quarantined on the Defence Force land. There is no access in or out of there,...... Read More

TOSSI - Influencing the influential

First-timers to Tāwharanui generally discover the pest-free open sanctuary by themselves, but when a VIP goes bush – TOSSI likes to roll out the red whāriki. So when Auckland Mayor Phil Goff visited the park in the middle of the summer holidays,...... Read More

Is Betelgeuse about to go Supernova?

If you go out at night in the summer and look towards the north, you will see a recognisable constellation: Orion. Some people know it as ‘The Pot’. Just below the pot and to the right you will notice a very bright, orange-red star, called...... Read More

Time travel in Tiri

I recently spent a night at Tiritiri Matangi Island. Even though it’s less than four-kilometres from the Whangaparaoa Peninsula and 30km from central Auckland, a visit, especially overnight, is like stepping back in time to our primordial past...... Read More

Keeping our cool

There are growing majorities across most countries that consider global warming is occurring and is due to human activity. I hope to assure readers that the data, trends and recommendations invoked by the climate scientists have credibility. Given the...... Read More

Spreading the word

An initiative trialled at Tāwharanui Regional Park in 2018/19 was so successful that the troops have rallied again to increase visitors’ understanding and awareness of all that surrounds them. TOSSI members love the great outdoors so much that...... Read More

Cloak of invisibility

Octopuses are relatives of shellfish and snails that lost their shells. They compensate for the absence of body armour by being strong, intelligent and able to become invisible against almost any background. In fact, no other animal has the level of...... Read More

What was the Christmas star?

In St Matthew’s gospel, we are told about the bright Star of Bethlehem which led the wise men to the birthplace of Jesus where they left three gifts. This imagery has become one of the most recognisable features of Christmas around the world. The...... Read More

Working with nature

How you care for your soil, and grow the plants in your garden, has a flow on effect that is becoming recognised more and more as having a wider impact. It is vital that you treat your garden, or farm, as an ecosystem if you don’t want to damage...... Read More

TOSSI - United against predators

The Tāwharanui Open Sanctuary Society (TOSSI) works in partnership with the Auckland Council. Among much other activity, we expend a lot of effort to protect the sanctuary from pests such as rats, stoats and possums. With TOSSI’s help, many species...... Read More