Omoana Bush Reserve Extended

Paul Horak news

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

Paul Horak news

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 …

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 …

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 …

Rain and slush no dampener as big native forest reserve opens

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Edith Symes, Raglan Chronicle Gumboots, raincoats and woolly hats were the order of the day as 200-odd people sloshed across a muddy field alongside Old Mountain Road and into a marquee last Saturday to celebrate the opening of the Ed Hillary Hope Reserve, a large tract of forest and farmland flanking the Raglan deviation. So persistent was the rain that …

Ed Hillary Hope Reserve Opening Soon

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Peter and Sarah Hillary will be guests of honour at the opening of a new forest reserve near Raglan that bears their famous father’s name, as well as that of a local farming family which has helped protect the area. Sir Edmund Hillary was the long-serving first patron of the Native Forest Restoration Trust which will own and manage the …

NFRT at Eye on Nature 2015

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Following the success of Eye on Nature 2014, the Manukau Beautification Charitable Trust will again host the event with an impressive group of 28 environmentally active partners and sponsors including the Native Forest Restoration Trust at the Auckland Botanic Gardens. The event vision in 2015 is to: “Plant a seed and grow a young mind to engage positively in ongoing …

NFRT at Waikato Show to Promote New Reserve

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A new reserve between Hamilton and Raglan will result in the largest area of native bush within 20km of Hamilton. Opening in May 2015, the Ed Hillary Hope Reserve is a large property with over 200ha of established forest and over 250ha of farmland well suited for restoration. The area will be restored by the Native Forest Restoration Trust one …