Gannets: description and habitat

There are three gannet species worldwide, all with adults similar in appearance.  The northern gannet (Morus bassanus) is a North Atlantic bird which does not venture into southern waters.

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Southern coast


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East of Hastings

Havelock North Major town south-east of Hastings, with a 2013 population of 13,071. Havelock North is the urban centre of Hawke’s Bay’s wine country. Locals call it ‘the village’.

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Early introductions

Introducing food plants Early European explorers introduced a wide range of plants. In December 1769, French explorer Captain Jean François Marie de Surville left wheat, peas, and rice in New

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Seabirds – overview

New Zealand has a greater diversity of seabirds breeding on its shores and islands and feeding in its waters than any other country in the world. Seabirds are birds which get all or most of their food from the sea.

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Gannets and boobies

In an astonishing first flight, young gannets leave New Zealand and travel nearly 3,000 kilometres to Australia. Those that make it back seldom repeat the journey.

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Te whānau puha – whales

In Māori traditions, whales guided the canoes on their great journeys to New Zealand. They carried people to safety, and were called on for protection.

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