Our Project

This project enables whānau to return home and reconnect with their taiao, their whenua, their whānau and iwi of Ngāti Hinerangi. When we combine whakapapa, tikanga, mātauranga Māori and the principles of te ao Māori, we instil the wairua and intention of our mātua tūpuna. We believe, as Māori, that those who walked this whenua before us all, will awhi, protect and guide us on this journey of environmental restoration. Our goal is revive an environment where Tāne and his tamariki including the manu, ngārara pai (insects), me ngā rakau (trees) return to their natural state of being, with minimal, to no, interference from predators. These predators are a threat to our whenua, ngāhere me ona taonga. Economically, we thrive to inspire and build capacity in the area of environmental restoration among our own community. Our Trust aspirations include the dream of building and strengthening relationships with related agencies in order to empower us to be true kaitiaki of our own tūrangawaewae. This mahi ensures our people and the gains we have made, stand the test of time for generations to come. The continual capacity building and education we share throughout this project ensures we consistently grow more kaitiaki to continue this mahi well into the future.

Project Area

Project Area - Wairere Mahi

Operational Work

  • Ground Based Pest Control

    Ground based pest control targeting rats, stoats, weasels, possums, deer and pigs over 1000 hectares with the best practical methods.

Our Team

group photo - wairere mahi

From left to right: Carlo Robson, Berline Falwasser, Mohi Korohina, Wairua Witika, Te Rauoriwa Matika, Irahiko Wilson. Missing; Mana Falwasser and Tim Aoake

Project Highlights

  • Completion of tohu mātauranga 3 in rural pest control, rural pest monitoring.
  • Establishing the Te Whare Atawhai hutt into our work area for kaimahi to stay overnight to aid the difficulty of highly intense terrain.
  • Collaboration with all the other iwi, hapu involved in the kaimai projects has been highly beneficial to share knowledge and where possible resources. It is probably the most important relationships for us as Māori to help each other that we may all prosper now and tomorrow.
  • Engagement and collaboration with community groups such as: Predator Free Matamata.
  • Sharing our learnings and experiences with our rangatahi.