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Bringing back the hīhī to Rangikapiti Pā

Rangikapiti Pā Historic Reserve is a place of great significance to local iwi Ngati Kahu. The Pā and Reserve overlook Mangonui Harbour, Coopers Beach and across Doubtless Bay to the Karikari Peninsula.

Over the last two years, Z Energy funded Trees That Count’s marketplace to provide The Friends of Rangikapiti with 1,500 native trees for their Rangikapiti Pā project.

It’s been a huge planting effort this winter, with almost all the trees being planted throughout July. The small but dedicated volunteer groups numbered between 5 and 15 on each planting day. Of the 30 or so volunteers, they ranged in age from preschoolers to people in their 80s.

The Friends of Rangikapiti have spent the last 12 years focusing on weed control by hiring spraying contractors to work throughout the reserve. Although this has been successful, it has also removed much of the vegetation beneath the main canopy of the forest. Now the group can focus on reintroducing a large variety of native plants to the area, trapping pests, improving public tracks and education.

This year’s tree planting includes 50 karapapa. Reputed to have the most fragrant flower in our native bush, karapapa is enormously important to hīhī (stitchbirds) as it blooms in winter and supports the birds through the lighter food months. The Friends of Rangikapiti are keen to reintroduce hīhī to the Reserve through re-establishing this food source.

You can keep up to date with Rangikapiti plantings on the Friends of Rangikapiti Facebook.

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