In 1987 Marunui Conservation Limited was set up by renowned ecologist Teddy Goldsmith and his wife Katherine with over 400 hectares of indigenous forest now protected.
Over the last 10 years in particular, the Marunui Conservation shareholders and volunteers have worked tirelessly to restore the forest to the stage it is today. With years of intensive trapping of mustelids, cats, possums and rats, both flora and fauna within the forest are flourishing.
Along with extending the habitat of the local wild Northland brown kiwi, other beneficiaries of Marunui Conservation’s sustained pest management efforts are rare Hotchstetter’s frogs, recovering miromiro (tomtit) and kukupa (wood pigeon), kaka, kakariki (red crowned parakeet) and korimako (bellbird).
Size of area under protection
The work of Marunui Conservation Trust covers 423 hectares of privately owned indigenous forest, protected by the QE11 National Trust Open Space Covenant.
Marunui Conservation Ltd are working hard to increase predator control beyond their boundaries to include adjoining exotic forest and neighbouring properties.
The release of 14 kiwi in April 2013, the first kiwi to step foot in the Brynderwyn hills for over 50 years, was a huge achievement. This event was made even more special by the over 250 people from the conservation and local community that joined them for the auspicious day.
Uncontrolled dogs are the biggest threat to the local kiwi population. As Marunui Conservation spokesperson John Hawley says, “Kiwi can have a long life of up to 60 years or more, so the loss of adults to dogs greatly affects breeding success.”