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A new project to find out more about the fish around Kapiti Island is using tags to track their movements. It relies on people reporting any tagged fish they catch – and ideally letting them go again.

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In December 2018, a new population of Te Kakahu skink was found on a remote Fiordland Islet 30km from nearest population.

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Whakau or Red Mercury Island sits tantalisingly close to the mainland – yet much of what is found there is distinctly different to what is found on the nearby Coromandel peninsula. To date over 500 separate species of plants, invertebrates, reptiles and birds have been recorded here, a small number of which are unique to the Mercury Islands group.

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