Protecting our ngahere
Iwi Te Roroa : Environmental leadership Te Ngahere o Waipoua is a hauntingly beautiful place and a national taonga. The standing place of Tāne Māhuta, it may look calm, but a battle is being waged here. The discovery of kauri dieback (Phytophthora agathidicida) in the forest, closer to Tāne Māhuta than previously believed, was a catalyst for Iwi Te Roroa. Kaitiaki of Waipoua ngahere, the iwi took action, providing the strong, decisive leadership required to bring key agencies, scientists and individuals together to develop an urgent response plan for the forest. Te Roroa have worked tirelessly on a range of actions aimed at identifying and reducing the risk of spreading kauri dieback in the forest. They have been involved in actions to upgrade the boardwalk, install handrails and improve signs, both at Tāne Māhuta and other entrances and walking sites. The number of ambassadors in the forest has been increased to raise awareness of kauri dieback and ensure people remain on designated tracks. Other initiatives include an intensive vector-led soil sampling regime in and around Tāne Māhuta and a feral pig control programme. Te Roroa leadership continues regarding best practice and the use of both western science and mātauranga Māori to support the health and wellbeing of the forest and the ongoing battle against kauri dieback disease. Find out more about our inaugural environmental awards: www.nrc.govt.nz/environmentalawards
Waipoua River restoration
The Waipoua River in Northland is one of 14 priority catchments in our Ngā Awa river restoration programme. The goal for this project is to restore the river and add to the significant long-term restoration work that is already being carried out in the catchment. Waipoua Forest is the ancestral home of Te Roroa, an iwi based on the west coast of Northland. The strong partnership between DOC and Te Roroa underpins the project. Our project partners include Northland Regional Council, Reconnecting Northland, Te Toa Whenua, Waipoua Forest Trust and Native Forest Restoration Trust.
Te Roroa: the people at the frontline of the war against kauri dieback
Tāne Mahuta, the god of the forest, is a major drawcard when people flock to the Waipoua Forest. Waipoua Forest is North of Dargaville and south of Opononi, Hokianga. The guardians of the forest are the Te Roroa people. The trail to the iconic Kauri is only one of two walking tracks open to the public because kauri like Tāne Mahuta are fighting against Kauri dieback. Harata Brown has this story.