About Us

We are a volunteer group that manages 500 hectares of native forest in the Kaimai Mamaku Conservation Park, between Tauranga and Katikati.

Our Trust was established in 2006 by the Forest and Bird Tauranga branch and the Katikati Rotary Club. Today, it is managed by a board of trustees (the Aongatete Forest Restoration Trust) and is supported by many volunteers and Ngai Tamawhariua who have the kaitiaki (guardianship) role over this forest.

Our Forest

Our Forest

Aongatete has a very special forest ecosystem and it’s right on the back doorstep of the Western BOP. Check out the area our project looks after and the variety of amazing walks on offer for all to enjoy.

Our Work

Our Work

Our incredible volunteers and supporters are focused on restoring forest, birds and invertebrates in the Kaimai ranges.  To do this we have an extensive network of traps and bait stations that are maintained year-round to target most of the introduced pest species.

Our History

Our History

The project has its origins in a 2001 search to locate the last surviving kokako in the Kaimai range. Sadly, they’d all gone. It was also revealed how badly degraded the bush had become. Since then we’ve collaborated with many fantastic people and organisations to positively influence the health of our forest.

Our Trustees

Our Trustees

As a registered charitable trust, we have a dedicated group of people who oversee the direction of the project as well as manage all of the elements that make the project tick, from finance to operations to education and more.

OUR SUPPORTERS AND PARTNERS

Thank you to all our partners and supporters who work with us.