Congratulations to the fairy tern/tara iti. What a great race to the end. Only 8-10 breeding pairs of fairy tern remain. As New Zealand’s leading independent conservation organisation, Forest & Bird is actively engaged in protecting seabirds like the fairy tern. For more details what we are doing for seabirds click here.  The Seabird of the Year poll was supported by Heritage Expeditions.

Adelie penguin

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278 votes

Antipodean albatross /toroa

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126 votes

Black-backed gull

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97 votes

Black-billed gull/tarapuka

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120 votes

Brown skua/ hakoakoa/Sub-Antarctic Skua

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80 votes

Buller's albatross

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49 votes

Buller's shearwater

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35 votes

Chatham Islands albatross/toroa

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61 votes

Chatham Islands petrel/taiko

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80 votes

Cook's petrel/titi

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129 votes

Diving petrel/kuaka

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33 votes

Eastern rockhopper penguin

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112 votes

Fairy prion/titi wainui

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180 votes

Fairy tern/tara iti

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1882 votes

Fiji petrel

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1801 votes

Fluttering shearwater

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44 votes

Gannet/takapu

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348 votes

Grey faced petrel

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33 votes

Hutton's shearwater

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42 votes

Kawau/ Stewart Island shag

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38 votes

Kermadec storm petrel

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59 votes

Light-mantled sooty albatross/toroa ruru

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115 votes

Little blue penguin/korora

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563 votes

Northern royal albatross/toroa

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202 votes

NZ storm petrel

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202 votes

Red billed gull/tarapunga

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155 votes

Red-tailed tropic bird/amokura

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55 votes

Salvin’s albatross

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164 votes

Sooty shearwater/titi

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54 votes

Taiko/black petrel

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227 votes

Tawaki /Fiordland penguin

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80 votes

Westland petrel/taiko

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70 votes

Yellow-eyed penguin/hoiho

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362 votes

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