Pohokura comprises 11,348 hectares of native forest north of the
Simon Hall, who purchased this property in 1999, is committed to
This includes 120km of walking track, eight huts and other accommodation,
Little evidence indicating past Maori occupation had been recorded at
This proved that the area was indeed visited in the past. One possible explanation would be the presence of ground-nesting seabirds, which would have provided an abundant food source for Maori.
Then, in 2012, Pohokura’s first archaeological site was uncovered. It’s a small whare site, believed to be Maori in origin, on the Mokomokoma-Paewai dividing ridge.
Whio is a highly endangered rare duck which is threatened by predation, mainly by stoats. The periodic spread of 1080 poison is believed to provide some protection against these pests and, indeed, the growth in whio numbers at Pohokura since aerial 1080 drops started would indicate this to be the case.
Our goal at Pohokura is to provide a safe haven where whio can survive and expand into the surrounding public and private land.
Pittosporum turneri, a shrub or small tree, is ranked as ‘Nationally Critical’ by DOC – an indication that it’s at serious risk of national extinction. This is the most threatened ranking of any species yet identified at Pohokura. Our estimate of the total number of plants here exceeds 1,000 - five to 10 percent of the estimated population remaining nationally.
Possums pose a major threat to Pittosporum turneri, browsing and killing the juvenile plant and suppressing the emergence of adult foliage. Since ongoing periodic aerial 1080 poisoning for possums began in 2005 we’ve seen the emergence of increasing quantities of adult foliage and seed. Seed pods are collected and taken to Taupo Native Plant Nursery for propagation, with the intention of returning any resulting plants to Pohokura. Continued possum control and the propagation of seed to establish another population to the south should further safeguard the plant at Pohokura.
Mistletoe (Peraxilla colensoi and Peraxilla tetrapetala) also appears to be benefitting from possum control, with an increase in the number of plants recorded on the property.
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