Our kaupapa and vision is simple.
The Kaimai Mamaku thrive; hence we thrive.
The bush clad spine of the Kaimai range gives way to the misty plateaus and valleys of the northern Mamaku. An arm reaches eastwards toward the sea, embracing the hills of Otanewainuku and Otawa. These cloud-catching forests influence our weather and create our water. Our environmental, cultural, social and economic values are intertwined with the trees and the soils but introduced pest plants and animals are driving these values into decline.
- We want healthy forest layers
- We want abundant native bird species
- We want resilient water supplies
The need to manage the threats to the habitats and indigenous species that still survive is becoming increasingly urgent.
The Kaimai Mamaku ecosystem functions as a home to a huge range of special and interdependent plant and animal species. Embedded in it are the unseen but critical services of carbon storage, erosion control and flood mitigation. The quality and quantity of our fresh water supply is reliant on a healthy forest.
We know nature is resilient, but the unchecked introduced pests found throughout the Kaimai Mamaku are silencing the bush and destroying the ability of the forest to heal itself.
Our aim is the restoration of the mauri of the forest and the water that flows from it with comprehensive animal pest control and biodiversity management.
- Positive social and cultural outcomes are achieved
- People are employed protecting the Kaimai Mamaku
- Education – learning from and understanding the Kaimai Mamaku
- Research – science/mātauranga underpins what is done
- Recreation connects people to the Kaimai Mamaku
- Traditional healthy kai is readily available and sustainable
- Industry values and supports pest management
- Tourism treads lightly but thrives
- Biosecurity is embedded in our thinking
Of critical importance is flax-roots level awareness, engagement and drive for action from local hapū, iwi and wider communities. Ambitious landscape-scale restoration through effective and sustained pest control needs strong voices and local leadership.
The forum sees roles for trusted community activators and hapū kaiarahi to start the conversations, share the vision – and the benefits to us all – of a healthy forest.