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Ko Otawa te maunga

Ko Raparapa ā Hoe te awa

Ko Hei te tūpuna

Ko Takakōpiri te tangata

Ko te pūtaratara tāhuhu whakairinga korero

Ka tū te ihiihi. Ka tū te wanawana

Tai tū te wehi o te moana o Punga ee e mauri

Ko Waitaha te iwi

Te Arawa te waka

400 Hectares

Targeted species: Possums, rats and mustelids

Kaimahi: 4


  • Track Lines

    Marking and cutting track lines over an approximately 400ha block of land.

  • Pest Control

    Undertake ground-based pest control and monitoring biodiversity values to increase long term sustainability of our natural world.

  • Maintaining Trap Lines

    Deploy and maintain traps over an approx. 400ha block of land in the Otawa area.

  • Education and Engagement

    Promote Kaitiakitanga within Waitaha and the wider community.

  • Data

    Input all operational data into a data management system supplied and supported by MKMT.


Taonga Species

Protecting taonga species is crucial for preserving the biodiversity and cultural heritage of New Zealand. By protecting these species, we can ensure that they are around for future generations to enjoy and appreciate. Conservation efforts such as habitat restoration, predator control, and community education programs are all important steps in protecting taonga species. By working together, we can preserve the unique natural and cultural heritage of New Zealand for years to come.
  • The Otawa Hochstetter's frog

    The Otawa Hochstetter's Frog is a rare and endangered species native to New Zealand. Unfortunately, their populations have been declining due to habitat loss, predation by introduced mammals, and disease. Conservation efforts by Waitaha are underway to protect and restore the habitats of these frogs, including the development of predator control programs. This species has immense value paritcularly for being so biodiverse

    Photo Credit: Shaun Lee

Mātāmua ko te taiao, mātāmuri ko te tangata. Ko tā te tuakana mahi he manaaki i te teina, ko tā te teina mahi he rānaki i ngā mate o te tuakana. Te Kapu o Waitaha Taiao Team sharing their knowledge and passion for the taiao.

Waitaha Team Photo