New Easter Island theory presented

January 23rd, 2006
WASHINGTON, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- A University of Hawaii anthropologist and colleagues are blaming rats and Dutch traders for the mysterious abandonment of Easter Island. Nearly all Polynesians on the South Pacific island, who built hundreds of 10-ton sto… more »

ABC Catalyst

October 31st, 2005
05-10-30 15:14 The ABC's Catalyst program recently ran a segment on Kiore. Contributors include Dr Lisa Matisoo-Smith and Hori Parata "Here, written in the rats DNA, was the untold story of the Maori's last migration. "It began on a small island i… more »

Predation by Kiore on Mokohinau Islands Lizards

May 31st, 2005
Kiore colonised Lizard Island, Mokohinau Group (outer Hauraki Gulf) in the mid 1970s, and were subsequently removed by poisoning in 1978. Studies of lizard and bird populations before, during and after the kiore occupancy provide direct evidence of the… more »

Eradication from Tiritiri Matangi Island (1993)

April 19th, 2005
In a paper by C. R. Veitch from the Department of Conservation, there is discusion of the eradication of Kiore from Tititiri Matangi Island. Full abstract included Abstract: Tiritiri Matangi Island (220 ha) is 25 km north of Auckland City in the H… more »

Seabird begins to bounce back on Little Barrier

April 19th, 2005
A year ago life for Cook’s petrel chicks on Little Barrier (Hauturu) was bleak and short lived. Now, less than a year after the operation to rid the island of rats, most chicks have survived to fly from their burrows. Monitoring this summer has show… more »