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Welcome to Kaimai Kōrero, we sincerely hope you enjoy this profile dedicated to the MKM Forum.

This platform was made for anyone to share their whakaaro, ideas and solutions for the enhancement of the Kaimai Mamaku. The Manaaki Kaimai Mamaku Forum is anyone who has a genuine interest in the Kaimai Mamaku so most likely yourself since you've landed here. We invite you to have a read through the contributions already made to this kaupapa, and share your thoughts via 3 different forums you will see below.

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Lack of Visibility


This issue focused on what we need to do to increase the overall visibility of the Kaimai Mamkau and snapshotting them for everyone! We know there is a lot of conservation activity happening, but are we all aware of each other? We know there is plenty of tracks in the Kaimai Mamaku, but is our community aware of them? We know there is biodiversity loss, but are we aware of the taonga species we are protecting?

lack of visibility

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Solutions and Ideas - Lack of Visibility

  • An Iconic Map

    Creating a Kaimai Mamaku Map dedicated to the community with beautiful graphics that highlights each walk, gems and species throughout the Kaimai, Hutts etc. Alongside this; finding funding to promote the map and get it out to the public for free!

  • International Challenge hosted in the Kaimai

    Creating an annual National or International event in the Kaimai such as Iron Man or Man Vs. Wild type challenge, big prizes, different divisions, great marketing etc.

  • Power of Social Media

    Creating tiktok, instagram, facebook videos that showcase all of the gems within the Kaimai and working with kiwi or international influencers to promote the videos.

  • Core Branding

    Create an overarching Kaimai Mamaku Brand to draw in funding or accept donations on behalf of the Kaimai and allocate it to showcasing the Kaimai Mamaku, its needs, what’s being done, how to get involved, and more to the community AND giving back to conservation projects in the Kaimai Mamaku.

  • Whānau Activities

    Highlighting Family Loops; and creating rock hunts every school holiday!

  • Regenerative Tourism

    Regenerative Tourism i.e Rotorua Canopy Tours.

  • Annual Art Exhibiton

    Art Exhibition and/or Annual Photography Competition.

  • Whakawhānaungatanga

  • Sharing Data

    Removing barriers of knowledge sharing, content sharing, GIS data between groups.

  • Creative story telling

    Capturing “what was”... “what is” and “what will be” of the Kaimai Mamaku through a creative lens.

  • Increasing International and Domestic Tourism

    Partnering more with Tourism New Zealand, to have the Kaimai Mamaku showcased more there and/or an Air NZ safety video.

  • Local Magazines

    Local Print Magazines of the Kaimai Mamaku.


Community Support


This issue focused on raising community awareness for all aspects of the Kaimai Mamaku. We looked at how to enable the community to support the Kaimai Mamaku, and how stakeholders can support the community to get involved! When the Kaimai Mamaku thrives hence we thrive.

community support

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Solutions Summary | Community Support

  • Interest Groups

    Dissect the community into interest groups and prepare a target plan and key messages for each audience (Hunters, Schools, Parents, Conservationist etc.)

  • Annual Kaimai Mamaku Awards Ceremony

    Annual ‘Kaimai Mamaku Awards’ event that acknowledges individuals, schools, projects, volunteers and brings everyone together for an amazing night to celebrate the hard work of our community. Would need to go through a nomination process and a key committee to select award winners.

  • Supporting Volunteers

    Creating More opportunities for Volunteer Training.

  • Inspirational Messaging

    Working with influencers to promote needed messages in an inspirational/achievable way, rather than crisis way.

  • Promote Health and Well-being of Nature

    Promoting the Health and Well-being Benefits of spending time in nature; to increase the connection our community feels with Te Taiao.

  • Showcase the Change

    Show how we are making a difference, before and after shots, species returned, bird number increase etc.

  • TV Series on the Mamaku

    Documentary or TV series on the people, places and life of the Kaimai Mamaku.

  • Providing the Option for Koha/Donations

    QR Signage at the start of each track to enable track users an easy way to donate and give a koha towards the conservation of the Kaimai Mamaku.

  • 'Love the Mamaku' Slogan

    “LOVE THE MAMAKU” as a key slogan/hashtag/public day for the Kaimais.

  • School Competitions

    Youth Forum or School competition that includes schools from every region the Kaimai inhabits, led by students from each of the participating schools.


Long Term Funding


This issue explored the sustainability of funding for the restoration of the Kaimai Mamaku.

long term funding

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Solutions Summary | Long Term Funding

  • Sponsor a Trap

    Sponsorship of traps by local organisations and businesses.

  • Capturing the Change

    Allowing people/organisations who have made donations to see where their koha/donation is going (Before and after photos)

  • Carbon Credit Scheme

    Create a carbon credits scheme for neighbouring farms across the Kaimai Mamaku which can be donated to the restoration projects.

  • Conservation Tours

    Conservation Tours that take tourists through areas of the Kaimai Mamaku to learn about the different conservation work that is happening.

  • A Great Walk

    Building a Great Walk throughout the Kaimai Mamaku that is co-inhabitant with Hunting.

  • Making the Kaimai Mamaku a National Park

    Making the Kaimai Mamaku a National park and offering a National Park pass for visitors and international tourists to explore the Kaimai Mamaku (Huts, tour guides)

  • Measurable Donations

    Identifying measurable goals & outcomes to the public so people can understand how they’re helping. ($2 can save 4 birds etc.)

  • High Quality Mountain Bike

    High quality Mountain Bike Park in the Kaimai Mamaku.

  • Applying for Funding

    Apply for funding through companies like Bay Trust, TECT, Trust Waikato, MSD, MPI etc.

  • Other funding streams

    Build a connection with other funding streams e.g. (stream & wetland restorations)

  • Cooperative Approach

    Form a cooperative approach with other BOP/Waikato JFN projects to seek funding.

  • Get Forestry Companies On-Board

    Get forestry companies on board to donate to different projects relative to the area.

  • Tourism Campaign

    Create a Tourism campaign with Tourism Bay of Plenty.

  • Collaborating with Kiwi Brands

    Attaching the Kaimai Mamaku to a kiwi Brand to draw awareness (Whittaker’s, Mainland, Tip Top)