New Zealand Fairy Tern / Tara-iti

With a population of fewer than 40 birds and including a four year average (2009-2012) of just 9 breeding pairs, Sternula nereis davisae, the New Zealand fairy tern, (NZFT) is New Zealand's rarest endemic breeding bird.


Tribute to Sandra Bogart


We at the New Zealand Fairy Tern Charitable Trust mourn our colleague, Sandra Bogart, who died on 13 October, 2015 at the age of 63. Sandra had a very busy, active life but still found time to help look after the endangered New Zealand fairy terns who nest on the Waipu Sandspit just across the water from her home.


Sandra was a founding member of the Trust when it was set up in 2008 and was on the committee until last year. She used her professional expertise to set up and maintain the Trust’s website and was always ready to use her journalistic skills to help publicise the Trust’s work. Without her dedication and professionalism, the Trust would not have achieved the level of public support it has. Her hospitality and enthusiasm were much appreciated and she will be much missed by us all.

But Sandra’s practical support for the work of protecting the fairy terns goes back many years. Trust patron, Audrey Williams, recalls that from the 1990s Waipu wardens stayed at a bach on Sandra’s property. Also, volunteers left their reports in her letterbox for the warden to collect after her day off. During the off season, Sandra housed traps and other equipment in a container on her property.

“I have known Sandra for many years through her connection with the New Zealand Fairy Tern Charitable Trust.
She was one of those quiet people, always willing, who just went ahead and got things done. I know that she had a busy life but she still contributed a lot and I never remember her being too busy to help.
Anything to do with publications, newspapers, websites, Sandra helped us out.
A lovely person with much to offer - we will miss you Sandra.”
Christine X

“My first introduction to Sandra was belly dancing classes at Mangawhai some years ago. What a graceful dancer she was and very knowledgeable.
She had great sensitivity with old and young and was a very patient teacher.
My next was when she became a member of the Fairy Tern Charitable Trust and her work was imperative in the setting up of a web site as a tool to get the word out about our tiny endangered bird. Whatever she applied herself to she gave her all quietly and with great expertise and humour.
I will miss you Sandra.”
Jane Vaughan

“Sandra brought an international perspective to environmental matters. I can recall her comments at meetings that usually broadened the debate.”
Jenny Price