This project got started in a typical Kiwi way. A couple of locals got together to discuss a simple idea “Kiwi protection”. Key stakeholders were invited to develop a community group to protect Kiwi in the Waitangi/Haruru Falls area. All showed an avid interest in the concept, and the momentum has been building since. This summary of our Project Plan will give the reader an overview of our goals and objectives, whilst identifying some of the strengths and weaknesses of this project
Te Puke Ki Waitangi Taonga Kaitiaki Trust involves an impressive list of stakeholders who are committed to the restoration of this area:
Tangata Whenua, Waitangi National Trust, DOC, Northland Forestry Managers, NRC, Focus Paihia, NZ Landcare Trust, Kiwis for Kiwis, Waitangi Mountain Bike Park, Coastal Kayakers, Horse Trek’n Ltd, Bay Bush Action, Project Island Song, Landcorp, South Kerikeri Inlet Landcare group, local landowners
The area currently targetted for Iwi Kiwi has natural boundaries, and is expected to expend towards other conservation groups: The Pacific Ocean to the East, Waitangi River to the South, the edge of the Waitangi Forest to the North with Kerikeri South Inlet Landcare Group covering this side, and to the West going towards Waimate North Landcare group and Bay Bush Action.
Iwi kiwi aims to coordinate all efforts to help kiwis within our area of action and to provide a vehicle for funding and economic and social development. We cover a zone that is not only already a strong foothold for North Island brown kiwi (estimated 200+ adult pairs), but has very high cultural, historical and ecological value. The unique significance and beauty of the Bay of Islands attracts many visitors, from our shores and beyond. We have a duty to showcase how well we can integrate tourism with protecting not only our National Icon, but all native taonga who live here. Sir Bledisloe’s vision for his gift was also sustainability. This is being achieved with a forestry operation which also showcases how to integrate kiwi protection with logging.
Iwi Kiwi is Tangata Whenua led, we are part of the Kiwi Coast and Mid North Alliance to help us connect with the other groups, create safe corridors for kiwi and share best practices. We already harbour a strong kiwi population and although there are already measures in place to protect it, stepping up our efforts will potentially see it multiply and expend many fold, while working alongside extensive logging and farming operations. This could be a showcase for optimum conservation and human development not only within our Nation but also worldwide, protecting out taonga and rich cultural heritage while embracing progress.
Goals and Objectives:
- Conduct waananga on ecology according to the Maori world view and holistic models of biodiversity
- Increase our local kiwi population
- Lower the predator/pests population to start with, with the goal of zero invasive predators by 2050
- Restore our taonga by protecting what we still have and making our area safe enough to re-introduced species who have vanished
- Advocacy: engage youth, local residents and visitors to share our vision
- Create revenue streams to make this project sustainable in perpetuity
- Create jobs in conservation and visitors’ experience