Diversity in abundance

“Ka ora te ngahere, ka ora ngā manu, ka ora te iwi.”
How do we imagine the future?
That tangata whenua, whānau — hapu, and local communities of Whangaroa are connected and actively responsible in restoring, enhancing and protecting the mauri and unique biodiversity of Whangaroa ngahere. To suppress pests with a goal to eradicate. To restore the area of Whangaroa to its former state when 250 years ago 9000 people lived here within an abundant ngahere and diverse environment. The life of an average tree in the ngahere is 500 years. This equals 20 x 25 year generations of caring kaitiaki, and is the long term goal of the Whangaroa Ngahere and Taiao Restoration project.

Whangaroa Taiao Vision

This graphic presentation was the result of four community zoom hui held over the period of the Covid-19 lockdown which sought to gain local input on our hopes and dreams for the future based on the principles of Mana Atua, Mana Whenua, Mana Tangata.


The kūkupa feeds on and nourishes a diverse ngahere. When the ngahere has abundance so too is the kūkupa abundant. This is also our future vision for the ngahere and taiao (environment). The kūkupa mates for life and they produce only one egg per year, which can then be eaten by predators.The kūkupa is a sign of abundant diversity that is dependant on the control of pests.