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Goat Island
Te Hāwere-a-Maki (Māori)
Goat Island 1, Hauraki Gulf.jpg
Goat Island, being close to the shore, is a magnet for divers.
Location Auckland Region
Coordinates 36°15′55″S 174°47′52″E / 36.2652449°S 174.7978878°E / -36.2652449; 174.7978878

Goat Island or Te Hāwere-a-Maki is a tiny island (approximately 1 hectare or 2.5 acres) in New Zealand located close to the North Island coast, north of Auckland, northeast of Warkworth, and directly west of Little Barrier Island. It is within Cape Rodney-Okakari Point Marine Reserve, New Zealand's first marine reserve.

Goat Island, as seen from the beach

The island is spiritually significant to the local Māori tribe, Ngāti Manuhiri, because their ancestral waka (canoe), Moe Karaka, is said to have landed nearby.

As well as being in a marine reserve, Goat Island is a scenic reserve. The University of Auckland has a research facility at Goat Island known as the Leigh Marine Laboratory headed by Professor John Montgomery. This will form the base for the University's new South Pacific Centre for Marine Science (SPCMS). Prime Minister Helen Clark launched the national and international campaign to raise funds for the SPCMS at Leigh on 21 June 2008.

Takangaroa is another island in the same area which used to be known as Goat Island.

Flora and fauna

Goat Island and its surrounding area provide the habitat for the endemic beetle species Hyphalus wisei.

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