Wekaweka from the air. Photo provided by Stephen King

Please Help to Protect Part of Wekaweka Valley Forever

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The Trust has an amazing opportunity to buy part of Wekaweka Valley in Northland and protect it forever. The proposed new reserve, totalling around 112 hectares, is the last remaining fragment of its kind in this catchment and joins up with the Waipoua Forest Conservation Park, which is part of the largest remaining forested area north of Auckland. The Waipoua …


NFRT Chosen as Twelve Days of Christmas Charity

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NFRT has been chosen as a Twelve Days of Christmas charity by Auckland Airport. The $10,000 grant will be spent at Marie Neverman Wetland, engaging volunteers and on new interpretive signage at the entrance to the reserve. Thanks to Auckland Airport and the hundreds of thousands of travellers who placed unwanted currency into collection globes around their terminals this year! …


Reserve Manager Vacancy

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We’re currently advertising for a Reserve Manager for our William Upton Hewett and Waipoua Reserves. Are you someone who is passionate about the restoration of the natural environment for indigenous flora and fauna, is capable of leading restoration work plans and programmes, but also experienced in and effective at practical field work? We’re offering a two year full-time contract based …


The Passing of our Patron, Pat Cowan

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We received the sad news over the weekend that our Patron Pat Cowan had passed away (pictured here with former Patrons Sir Ed Hillary and husband Arthur Cowan). A celebration of Pat’s life will be held at St Bride’s Anglican Church, Otorohanga, on Thursday 18th August at 1pm, followed by interment at the Otorohanga Cemetery.

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Omoana Bush Reserve Extended

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What a great month it has been! With the opening of our new Purple Peak Curry Reserve at the end of February and, just in time for Easter, settlement is now complete on a property that will extend our Omoana Bush Reserve by a further 226ha, taking it to 560ha! Omoana Bush, and this area as a whole, has been …


Purple Peak Curry Reserve Opening

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In glorious sunshine the 192ha Purple Peak Curry Reserve officially opened over the weekend, with over 120 people turning up to celebrate the launch and participate in guided walks.     There were speeches and nibbles and opportunities to catch up with old friends, and strengthen new friendships. Left to right above are Councillor Andrew Turner, Graeme and Maryn Curry …

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Interest Peaks during ‘sneak preview’ walk in new reserve

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Prior to the official opening of our new Purple Peak Curry Reserve in February next year, members of the public had an opportunity to join esteemed Banks Peninsula botanist Hugh Wilson over the weekend on a ‘Sneak Preview’ walk as part of the Banks Peninsula Walking Festival. The Festival offers guided walks all over the peninsula in November each year. …

A Sad but Fond Farewell to Arthur Blair Cowan MBE

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Kua hinga te totara i te wao nui a Tane The totara has fallen in the forest of Tane The funeral of our beloved Patron and founding Trustee Arthur Cowan took place on Wednesday 5th November at St Brides Anglican Church, Otorohanga. Well over 300 people attended to pay their respects and celebrate the life of someone described in 1980 …

Puhoi Far North Reserve Extended

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We’re very pleased to announce that our Puhoi Far North Reserve has been extended by a further 38 hectares, taking the reserve to 293 hectares.   Just off the Honeymoon Valley Road near Peria, the new block adjoins the reserve on the south western side and is a mixture of manuka dominant regenerating shrubland, mature cut over broadleaf forest, pine …

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NFRT doubles number of South Island Reserves

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We’re delighted to announce the purchase of our second South Island reserve! The Trust’s latest acquisition, situated above Akaroa at the top of the Grehan Valley on Banks Peninsula, takes the Trust’s total number of reserves to 29 covering well over 6,500 hectares. The purchase of the new 192ha Purple Peak Curry Reserve, formerly farmed by the Curry family, was …