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Protecting our precious places

Communities helping covenants

Helping to protect our special areas

Find out about communities undertaking projects and activities to revegetate, restore or develop QEII covenants:

A coastal forest sequence from sea level to 500m at Port Charles on the Coromandel Peninsula is protected by neighbouring covenants.


Creating a young local interest in the future of the prominent landscape of the Tatarahake Cliffs.


Limehills School students have assisted with enhancing a kowhai reserve including planting native species.


Four years ago a 16.6 ha coastal strip running alongside Whangaimoana Beach at Palliser Bay was covenanted with the Trust. Local residents, Alastair Sutherland and Sarah Barton, were given permission by Mr Prickett to establish a care group with Greater Wellington Regional Council to carry out restoration work at the site. The group and many local volunteers continue to work with new owners, the Warren family.


A group of volunteers is dedicated to protecting kokako that live in the Kaharoa Conservation Area near Rotorua.


With a vision of sustainable farming, Greg and Rachel Hart are protecting bush and wetlands and restoring the hills on Mangarara Station.



The local community has assisted with enhancing a wetland covenant near Opunake by planting 6,500 native plants.


Volunteers are transforming a weed covered hill at Ocean Beach back to coastal forest.


In 1993 the New Zealand Government returned a 20 ha block of land at Matakataki-a-Kupe/Cape Palliser to Ngati Hinewaka. Shortly after the return of the land, Ngati Hinewaka covenanted three blocks that together protect 800 ha of wild, rocky coastal habitat, regenerating bush and the remains of pa sites and middens that provide evidence of some of the earliest human habitation in New Zealand.


Students at Ruahine School near Dannevirke have access to a small remnant of protected bush for their projects.


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