Tiritiri Matangi Island - A playground for wild life
Tiritiri Matangi Island – A playground for wild life where the Kingfisher ponders the antiques of a Gannet, Fantails and Pukeko’s enjoying life on Tiritiri Matangi Island







ON THE EASEL – Tiritiri Matangi Island – The island of treasures


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TIRITIRI MATANGI ISLAND – The island of treasures Tiritiri Matangi Island On the easel 2021-24 Tiritiri Matangi Island painting

Interested buyers, ask at this link for a “First in first serve” acquisition of the framed original or number 1 of 15 limited edition acrylic enhanced reproductions.


The Hauraki Gulf Island Tiritiri Matangi is a New Zealand recovery sanctuary for endangered birds. Tiritiri Matangi Island oil painting

Nestled off the East Coast of Auckland, Tiritiri Matangi Island has become one of Auckland’s international treasures.

In times past, our forefathers, bound in the knowledge of their generation, did not foresee the damage created due to unknown ecological management plans while they capitalized on the land for their families and the growing New Zealand economy and population.

Their ignorance, a lack of knowledge about the sustainability of the environments then abundant supplies were due to smaller population needs and not having the same pressures of the modern society we are today.

We are more informed.

The population increases at a challenging rate, which depletes native habitats and introduces new predators.

The alarming statistics are motivating enthusiasts to find creative ideas for recovery and its establishment is a treasure for this generation and those yet to be born.

My reasons

Researching Tiritiri’s history inspired me to create this painting statement which talks about a portion of their dream.

Our environments offer raw materials to capitalise on and managing it wisely is a must. Living in a financial world and managing with little respect for nature’s balance is a big challenge.

Like it or not money talks and it’s my opinion it’s our responsibility to wisely manage what we have are part of the cost of recovering what was heading toward extinction.

Once recovered there are maintenance costs to keep the momentum going for future generations.

The stars of the show

Look closely and you’ll discover all kinds of flora and fauna embedded in the painting.

Twelve species of endemic birds have been translocated to Tiritiri Matangi.

Various introduced birds found their way to the island and settled as residents while some appeared, stayed a while, then disappeared.

Others, like swallows, visit annually.

There are non-endemic (i.e. not unique to New Zealand), which are ‘native’ in the sense that they arrived in the country under their wings or by other natural means (e.g. assisted by high winds).

Several shorebirds and seabirds also drop in or make Tiritiri Matangi their home. In 2010 a pair of Oystercatchers built a nest in the middle of Hobbs Beach neccesitating man-made barriers that protected the area and 2 chicks hatched.

Watch this space as this painting develops in 2023-24.

I’m planning a photo storybook to support the painting due for release in late 2023-24.



ORIGINAL FOR SALE * On the easel unframed size 1520mm x 910mm.
Painted with professional oils on the fine weave, gesso primed long-life cotton canvas. The canvas is stretched on New Zealand pine and treated with brushed dammar varnish protection.
* Original and Limited Edition reproductions are supplied with Provenance, coded Authentication of Sale Certificate, and maintenance/care information.

Please ask about the price and sizes.

Unframed sizes | 960 x short side – $960  |  650 x short side – $650
Printed on long-life archival canvas and protected with two coats of UV archival spray.
* Stretch-mounted reproductions will incur added charges for mounting and freight.

Unframed sizes | 594 x short side – $120
* Posters printed on fine art papers and treated with two coats of UV archival protection spray.


Images from “Tiritiri Matangi Island- the Islands of Treasures”  will be exhibited on multiple product lines at Fine Art America

  • Includes insurance and package/handling fees.
  • The Original and Limited Edition reproductions ship with the Provenance coded Authentication of Sale Certificate and maintenance information.
  • Poster art prints ship in insured tubes.


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