Bringing the dawn chorus back to Maungakiekie

About us

Maungakiekie Songbird is a community project that has a mission to enhance the local habitat around Maungakiekie / One Tree Hill to bring back the songbird.

Launched in mid-2020, we support households within a defined halo area around the perimeter of Maungakiekie / One Tree hill with a range of resources such as native trees, pest traps, bird feeders and weta motels. As of early March 2024 we are closing in on 800 member households - if you're a local resident we would love to have you join up - please register on the 'register' tab and we will be in touch.  

RESOURCES - native plant collection events

For residents, businesses and organisations within the halo area we have a range of free resources that will help create a thriving local habitat. 

From monitoring tools that detect the presence of predators, to traps that will reduce their population numbers, an enhanced range of native trees, including some very special specimens, creating shelter and a food source for birds and insects, through to bird feeders to attract birds to your garden.

Please register your interest on our 'contact us' page to reserve your tools. We will then contact you to arrange delivery of these resources.

For native plants, these are difficult to deliver so we run a series of collection events throughout the year where you can collect the plants of interest. Our next collection date for plant collection is Saturday 14th September 2024 in Maungakiekie in front of Stardome Observatory, 10:00am - 12:00pm - see map under the 'news' tab.. 


New Zealand doesn't have a great record for looking after what was here before mankind came along. But while humans have done their bit with hunting and habitat destructions, it's the introduced predators are the major ongoing threat.

In line with the aspirations of Predator Free 2050 and Pest Free Auckland 2050, Maungakiekie Songbird is supporting local predator control/suppression efforts by making the latest in trap innovations freely available to local halo residents, in order to encourage them to set traps that will not only reduce predator numbers and help protect re-invasion into the park, but also provide a greater sanctuary for wild birds. 

Creating a backyard habitat to support native wildlife

Whether you have a large or small garden at home, invite birds over with native plants that provide a year round supply of food and shelter. Tūi's favourite nectar source for instance is the highly attractive Kowhai. 

A small garden can still attract birds, especially over winter and spring when Tūī, bellbird and Kererū (native wood pigeon) will travel considerable distances in search of flowers and fruit. So while your garden may not be large enough for some species to nest and breed they may still use it as a seasonal feeding ground.

We also recognise that its not just wildlife that have benefited from our native flora - NZ natives have been key to the early establishment of New Zealand, from being used by Maori for medicinal purposes (Kawakawa, Horopito, Koromiko, Poroporo, Pukatea, Houhere, harakeke, Kowhai), they were a key resource for early transport such as waka's to ship masts (Tōtara and Kauri) through to providing the key materials for many of our early houses (Rimu, Tōtara, Kauri, Mati, Tawa). However the combination of depleting species such as Kauri, and large scale planting in 1920's & 30's of large production forests of mainly radiata pine saw a move away in the 1950's to pine as the go to timber. 

So there's a lot of reasons to restore the local habitat with planting natives in your garden. After all 85% of NZ natives are found nowhere else in the world.

Do however remember some NZ natives look very different when they are in the juvenile stage compared to when they are adults (species that are like this include Ribbonwood, Matai, Lancewood, Kaikomako, Kahikatea, and Northern Rata), something to factor in when selecting plants to add to your garden.

The following links provides some great advice to helping establish a healthy backyard habitat: 


Special thanks to our partners for their ongoing support of our project. 

The support of Cornwall Park Trust Board and Tūpuna Maunga Authority, the two administrators of Cornwall Park and Maungakiekie/One Tree Hill, has been invaluable. We share a common goal to see nature thrive and are working together to build Maungakiekie into a world leading experience for local residents and visitors.

A huge thanks also to our sponsors - Auckland Council, the Maungakiekie-Tāmaki Local Board and the Albert-Eden Local Board, and the Department of Conservation. Their support enables us to provide a range of resources to local residents within the halo area, as well as engage the wider community such as schools.