Helping our neighbours
Where help is wanted we are delighted to share what we are learning about species conservation with our neighbours, and to help tangata whenua develop biodiversity capacity as they emerge from the Treaty Settlement process.
Our Maungataniwha properties lie within the recognised rohe of Ngāti Pāhauwera of Northern Hawke’s Bay. We have a close, if informal, working relationship with the Ngāti Pāhauwera Trust, led by Toro Waaka.
Our Pohokura property sits between the recognised rohe of Ngāti Pāhauwera, Hineuru of the Te Haroto area on the Napier-Taupo State Highway, and Ngāti Whare who hold mana whenua over the Whirinaki- Te Pua-O-Tane Conservation Forest.
Our pine to native forest conversion project slots neatly into the goals of the Biodiversity Strategy developed by and for Ngāti Pāhauwera.
Our plan to release up to 200 kiwi in the 11,400ha Pohokura Forest between 2019 and 2024. is an important step in an ambitious plan involving our neighbours, to control predators and establish self-sustaining populations of North Island Brown Kiwi across a contiguous, 33,000 ha swathe of the central North Island.
Pohokura adjoins the privately-owned Ngatapa Station, which in turn sits alongside our other properties in the Maungataniwha Native Forest and the Maungataniwha Pine Forest.
The impact of the conservation work now happening on all three properties is magnified by significant kiwi and whio restoration programmes underway in the Whirinaki Conservation Forest north-east of Pohokura.