Urgent appeal to buy Wekaweka block

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UPDATE – 15/05/17

We did it!

Thanks to our incredibly generous donors, we have now raised the money needed to purchase the Wekaweka Valley property. We are so very grateful for everyone’s support – it’s amazing what we can do when we all come together. We’re now working with our solicitors and hope to take ownership within the next few weeks.

The next step for us will be to put a management plan in place to make sure that the forest is able to continue to regenerate and that invasive pests, predators and weeds are controlled and kept out. Any further donations received through this page will go towards the ongoing management of the property.

Thank you again for your fantastic support.

Wekaweka block

The Trust has an amazing opportunity to buy part of Wekaweka Valley in Northland. 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 Forest area is internationally significant for conservation and is home to our largest Kauri trees and a multitude of rare and threatened plants and animals, including:

  • Kōkako
  • North Island brown kiwi
  • New Zealand pigeon
  • Fantail
  • Pied tit
  • Tui
  • Grey warbler
  • Shining cuckoo
  • Sacred kingfisher
  • Scarlet mistletoe
  • Rata
  • Kahikatea
  • Rimu
  • Swamp maire

A total of over sixty different nationally threatened species of plants and animals have been recorded in this area. In fact, the area is so special DOC are currently considering giving it National Park status in a proposal to form the Kauri National Park.

This potential new purchase offers a perfect restoration opportunity. Although it was farmed in the past, it has been allowed to regenerate for some time already. As it adjoins such an important wildlife area, nature is doing most of the work for us.

With your help, we can restore this area back to its former glory. Once we have finalised the purchase, it will be protected forever, providing a safe habitat for native flora and fauna. And New Zealanders will be able to enjoy its natural beauty for generations. Please donate today to help make this possible.