Bay of Plenty Islands

IBA Criteria

Year of most recent IBA criteria assessment: 2014

Populations of IBA trigger species
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) of estimate Population estimate IBA Criteria Triggered
Brown Teal Anas chlorotis NT resident 2012 35-40 individuals A1, A4i
Grey-faced Petrel Pterodroma gouldi LC breeding 1973 32,483-146,554 nests A4ii
Flesh-footed Shearwater Ardenna carneipes NT breeding 1934-2010 2,561-4,070 nests A4ii
Australasian Bittern Botaurus poiciloptilus VU resident - present A1
Australasian Gannet Morus serrator LC breeding 1912-1980 2,748-6,793 breeding pairs A4ii
New Zealand Kaka Nestor meridionalis VU resident - present A1
Malherbe's Parakeet Cyanoramphus malherbi CR resident - present A1
A4iii Species group - seabirds n/a - - 37,800-157,500 breeding pairs A4iii

Note: This table presents the IBA criteria triggered and the species that triggered then at the time of assessment, the current IUCN Red List category may vary from that which was in place at that time.

For more information about the IBA assessment process and criteria please click here

IBA Protection

Protected Area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)
White Island Scenic Reserve - PPL Scenic Reserve 316 protected area contained by site 0
Tuhua (Mayor) Island Wildlife Refuge 1,308 protected area contained by site 0
Tuhua (Mayor Island) Marine Reserve 1,055 protected area is adjacent to site 0
Te Paepae o Aotea Marine Reserve 1,277 protected area is adjacent to site 0
Rurima Islands Wildlife Refuge 8 protected area overlaps with site 0
Moutohora (Whale Island) Government Purpose Reserve 248 protected area contained by site 248
Motuotau Island Scenic Reserve 2 protected area contained by site 2
Motunau (Plate) Island Wildlife Sanctuary 4 protected area overlaps with site 0
Karewa Island Wildlife Sanctuary Government Purpose Reserve 4 protected area contained by site 4


IUCN Habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Marine Coastal/Supratidal -
Wetlands (inland) -
Shrubland -
Forest -
Rocky areas (eg. inland cliffs, mountain peaks) -
Marine Intertidal -
For further information about the habitat classification please click here.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Bay of Plenty Islands. Downloaded from on 09/02/2023.