The project has its origins in a 2001 search to locate the last surviving kokako in the Kaimai range. A small handful of dedicated, visionary members of the Tauranga branch of Forest & Bird approached Katikati Rotary and Ngai Tamawhariua for help to set up a pest control and advocacy project on DOC land at Aongatete.

Why did our logo originally feature a kokako?

Opuiaki Ecological Area is on the Mamaku plateau behind Oropi. The Opuiaki kokako in 1983 were the largest population of kokako known to be surviving in NZ/world at that time, about 300 birds. They were the flagship species used to save the Mamaku and Kaimai forests from further conversion to pine plantations in the early 80’s.

Want to get involved?

We’ve made a difference but the forest still needs our help. We are always keen to welcome new volunteers and supporters to Aongatete Forest Project. Whether it be funds for a new trap or a few hours of your time, every bit helps.

What’s been happening?

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