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Kaimai Kaponga

Kaimai Kaponga is an iwi-hapu collaboration led by Tura Ngati Te Ngakau to restore the mauri of the ngahere in the southern Kaimai Mamaku Range. Funded by Jobs for Nature through the Department of Conservation and administered by Manaaki Kaimai Mamaku Trust. The conservation focus of Kaimai Kaponga is on landscape scale animal pest control, restoring the health of the forest, increasing community and tribal understanding about invertebrates, the water, fauna and undertaking monitoring. Te Ao Māori is incorporated in all aspects of our project including hiring of local tāngata, capability building of kaimahi, kotahitanga- working with our whanaunga across the Kaimai Kaimai range, aspiring to work in ways that align with Te Ao Māori principles of kaitiakitanga.


Operational Work


  • Animal Pest Control

    Integrated ground pest control of possums, rats, mice, feral cats, wallaby, pigs and deer across our project area in the southern Mamaku.

  • Invertebrate Monitoring

    Invertebrate assessments aimed at identifying the presence of important invertebrates required for a healthy ngahere to thrive.

  • Bait Stations

    Supporting the installation and maintenance of a bait station network for the Mokaihaha Ecological Reserve

  • Collaboration

    To support the BOPRC and MPI National Wallaby Eradication Programme we are undertaking:

    • Night shooting activities for wallaby on Mount Ngongotaha
    • Installation of bait station network (800ha)
    • Surveillance, monitoring and control on the Mamaku Plateau

  • Community Engagement

    Engaging with a wide range of community and corporate organisations which provide support and additional resources for the project’s conservation activities.


Project Highlights