New sign on the kohanga

Welcome to the home of the Aongatete Forest Project, which is restoring 500 hectares of native forest in the Kaimai Mamaku Forest Park, between Tauranga and Katikati. The project is administered by the Aongatete Forest Restoration Trust in partnership with Forest and Bird.

The project was initiated by Forest and Bird, Katikati Rotary and Ngai Tamawhariua, who have the kaitiaki [guardianship] role over this forest. The project operates under the supervision of the Department of Conservation, who administer the Park. The project is supported by a substantial number of local volunteers and landowners. Funding is obtained from a variety of sources.

The aim of the project is to restore the wildlife and plant life to a part of the Park, to demonstrate the value that wide spread pest control could deliver for the region.

The Forest

The Trust

 Our vision is to see the Kaimai-Mamaku Forest Park flourishing with healthy flora and abundant wildlife. Restoring the forest over our relatively small 500 hectare project area will provide a showcase of what the whole Park could look like with effective pest control.

We will use this showcase area to demonstrate what a healthy and vibrant forest looks, sounds and feels like. We aim to gain strong public support for publicly-funded large scale control of pests. To assist with gaining public support we carry out community educational activities in conjunction with the Aongatete Outdoor Education Centre, with special efforts to involve local schools in our project.

What We Need to Succeed

We are a registered charitable trust and rely on the generosity of our volunteers and supporters with their time and money. Operating the trust requires ongoing expenditure on traps, toxins, safety and educational development for both our volunteers and the general public.

If you would like to help please check the following links:-

For more information about our supporters see here