Ngāti Kearoa Ngāti Tuara

The ancestral lands of Ngāti Kearoa Ngāti Tuara surround our sacred maunga, Te Horohoroinga o ngā ringa o Kahumatamomoe and have been occupied by our hapū for over five hundred years. Our hapū have lived and travelled between Horohoro and Tihiotonga (from the Pukehangi area back to mamaku, known as the Te Paiaka block) and our kaumatua tell stories of travelling and hunting in the area. Our environmental team has been working on the Horohoro maunga since 2018 building our pest control capacity within the hapū. This new project will be extending our operational area to include conservation on the Te Paiaka block. Restoring the mauri of the forest to maintain a healthy and functioning forest ecosystem, will at a minimum require controlling of possums, rats, mustelids, wallabies, deer and pigs to very low levels, which will create a safer environment for all of our taonga species.

Te Runanga o Ngāti Kea Ngāti Tuara Charitable Trust is the governance entity that has management oversight for this project.

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Operational Work

  • Long-tailed bat Monitoring

    Long-tailed bat monitoring carried out on Horohoro Maunga

  • Pest Control Operation

    Pest control targeting possums, rodents and mustelids over 1240ha on Horohoro Maunga; and 180 ha on Te Paiaka block.

  • Track Cutting and Marking

    Track cutting and marking will take place over the total 1230ha area on Horohoro Maunga; and 180 ha on Te Paiaka block.

  • Rodent Control

    Focused rodent control around identified bat maternity roosts

  • Education and Engagement

    Support our hapū by hosting wananga and sharing knowledge of our maunga and taonga species

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Ngāti Kearoa Ngāti Tuara at the Manaaki Kaimai Mamaku Handover Ceremony. Robyn Bargh (Chairperson), Brian Bargh (Volunteer trapper), Kataraina George (Project Manager), Kyle Kiel (Kaimahi).

Harnessing the power of Shared Knowledge

Earlier this November we had the privilege of taking Wayne O'Keefe up Horohoro maunga to help us with some plant identification. As part of our project, we will be undertaking result monitoring of certain key plant species, which are palatable to possums and deer, therefore if the plants are heavily browsed the deer/possum numbers are high. However, if there are areas where these plant species are beginning to re-establish therefore our trapping/culling is working and the plants are starting to recover.

At this stage of our project, it is too early to see much recovery happening, so we took this opportunity to upskill our kaimahi in plant identification and also discuss the idea behind result monitoring and which plant species are important to monitor on our maunga, such as Kanono, Kamahi, Hangehange and Pate.
  • Manono/Kanono

  • Hangehange

An exciting part of the day was identifying an area where we had undertaken rodent control this winter and now there are large amounts of Kanono seedlings coming through. This area was marked via GPS so we can continue to monitor it to then see if deer browse the area.
As you can see from the photos below a Toropapa plant was found, which has a beautiful fuschia like flower.