This project is in an exciting phase...

In August, the Ngāti Rehua Ngātiwai ki Aotea Trust (NRNWKAT) received overwhelming support to lead the project known as Tū Mai Taonga by becoming its permanent umbrella entity. By agreeing on a permanent governance entity for the project, mana whenua and the wider Aotea conservation community helped fulfil requirements for important funding for the project.


The Ngāti Rehua Ngātiwai ki Aotea Trust and the Aotea Great Barrier Environmental Trust have worked towards transition of the project from interim management by GBIET, with support from the Programme Team. 


This has involved the creation of  a Memorandum of Understanding for the transfer and Terms of Reference for a Project Committee which will sit under the NRNWKAT to provide operational oversight of the ‘Tū Mai Taonga’ project. This process has taken time and has suffered delays as a result of  Covid lockdown. 


Once transfer arrangements are complete, the Project Committee will be established, and will comprise three mana whenua and three members of the Aotea conservation community. 


The new governance structure will follow formal delegation and reporting processes, allowing:

  1. The Ngāti Rehua Ngātiwai ki Aotea Trust to set the vision and tikanga for the project and manage funding.

  2. The Project Committee to approve operational plans and monitor their delivery.

  3. The Programme Team to take responsibility for delivering project milestones set out in plans and funding agreements.


A feasibility study is being created, which will enable the Ngāti Rehua Ngātiwai ki Aotea Trust and its Project Committee to make decisions about moving the project forward. 


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Feral cats and rats have a significant impact on native flora and fauna on Aotea.


Why are feral cats a problem? 


The proposed project area encompasses the majority of the Aotea Conservation Park and north of Aotea.



Proposed Initial Project Area

Opposite page - Short and Long-Term Impacts of Feral Cats and Rats on Aotea’s Forests. Adapted from information provided by George Perry, Forest Ecologist, University of Auckland 2020. 


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