Seabirds, Shearwaters, Science & Sea Week

A full article on the ‘Kaikoura Seabirds, Shearwaters, Science and Sea Week’ is available here (see page 6-8): Birds of NZ – 2014



Saturday 5th April 2014 – Morning

9.00 am Maori Tours – 20% off

Please book direct on 03 3195567 or email

9.15 am Photography workshop 

With birdlife photographer Peter Langlands, cost $25.

Meet in Dolphin Mary room at Encounter Kaikoura.

Book direct at or Ph: 027 4501 916

9.15 am Walk with local seabird advocates

Facilitated by Phil Bradfield and Friends of HSCT.

Meet at Point Kean, the Seal Colony car park.

9.30 am Albatross Encounter – 20% off

Book direct at or Ph: 03 319 6777.


Saturday 5th April 2014 – Afternoon

12.45 pm Lectures and Presentations – Memorial Hall, Supper Room – Koha

Guest Speakers:

1.00 pm Chris P. Gaskin 

Seabird Conservation Advocate. “Important Areas for New Zealand’s Seabirds: Kaikoura”.

1.30 pm Karen A.Baird 

Seabird Conservation Advocate. “Threats to NZ seabirds globally and nationally”.

2.00 pm Graeme Taylor

Seabird Scientist from DoC. “Conservation of New Zealand’s threatened seabirds – new insights about our poorly known oceanic birds”.

2.30 pm Afternoon tea break

3.00 pm Paul Scofield 

Senior Curator Vertebrates, Canterbury Museum. “The Albatross of the Chatham Islands: tourists to Kaikoura”.

3.30 pm Andrew Cutler

President Forest & Bird “What next for ocean governance: collaboration or crisis?”


Saturday 5th April 2014 – Evening 

5.30 pm Movies, Mix and Mingle – Mayfair Theatre Theatre tickets: $25 – door sales may be limited Tickets available online at or from Kaikoura i-SITE.

Proceeds to Seaward Lions of Kaikoura and HSCT.

Drinks, Food and Social Hour.

Wine kindly sponsored by Peter Yealands Wines.

6.30 pm Opening: Brett Cowan of Takahanga Marae & DoC Kaikoura followed by HSCT spokesperson.

Guest Speakers: 

Winston Gray Mayor of Kaikoura.

Colin King MP.

Ruud Kleinpaste Bugman, Birdman, Ecologist.

Movie: “The Mystery Bird” – Geoff Harrow

Registration and ticket purchase here >>


Sunday 6th April 2014 – Morning

6.45 am Haere Ra Nga Titi – Farewell to Hutton’s

Gather at South Bay Reserve

7.00 am 

Prompt departure on Kaikoura Peninsula coastal track to Te Rae o Atiu / Kaikoura Peninsula colony.

If mobility is limited please advise by email in order to arrange transport to colony. 

8.30 am 

Breakfast at Memorial Hall supper room for bacon butties!

9.30 am Kaikoura Seabirds Guest Speakers

Phil Bradfield Hutton’s scientific update (HSCT Trustee & DoC representative).

Nicky McArthur Hutton’s education update (HSCT Trustee).

Lindsay Rowe, Jody Weir Little Penguins of Kaikoura (HSCT Trustee, Kaikoura Ocean Research Institute).

Te Korowai o Te Tai o Marokura Kaikoura Coastal Guardians Members update.

11.00 am 

Ruud Kleinpaste Birdman, Bugman & Ecologist.

“The value of all living things”

11.30 am 

Lou Sanson Director General of the Department of Conservation. “Community conservation – NZ last discovered really precious – why it really matters”.

Sunday 6th April 2014 – Afternoon

12.30 pm Free – Seaweek family music and activity event

Adjacent to Memorial Hall.

Run by Brett Cowan, DoC Kaikoura and Creation Care Study Programme.

Please RSVP to to indicate your attendance to:

• Saturday morning walk

• Saturday afternoon presentations

• Saturday evening at the Mayfair Theatre – $25

• Sunday morning Farewell and breakfast


Bird of the Year 2013 – Vote for Hutton’s shearwater!



It’s Forest & Bird’s annual Bird Of The Year competition again!

Head over to the Bird of the Year website and vote for our special seabird, the endangered Hutton’s shearwater.

Welcome Home event – September 2013

Welcome Home Hutton’s shearwater/Kaikoura titi!

Our Hutton’s are coming home for the summer (from their over wintering in Australian coastal waters) for their 2013 breeding season.

Help us celebrate their return in true market style – we will be at the very popular ‘School Yard Market.’

Saturday 21 September 2013, 9am – 1pm, Kaikoura Primary School, The Esplanade.

Come and join in the festivities; there will be something for everyone, young and old. We look forward to seeing you there!


Farewell event – April 2013

Sunday morning 7 April 2013

Join us for a sensational autumn morning at the Kaikoura Peninsula colony to farewell the Hutton’s shearwaters as they depart for the winter.

6.45 am

  • Gather at South Bay Reserve

7.00 am

  • Walk to Kaikoura Peninsula colony for the Farewell ceremony.
  • Return to South Bay Coastguard building for a BBQ breakfast of bacon butties, tea and coffee.
  • Short presentation and scientific updates.
Download >> 2013 Farewell PDF poster 2013-huttons-farewell-poster



Welcome Home event – September 2012

Join us Saturday 22nd Sept 2012 for the Hutton’s Welcome Home family street party.
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