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Covenant stories

 Like everywhere in New Zealand, Wairarapa’s Tinui settlement was deeply affected by the Great War. Back in 1914 there were over a thousand single men in the area. Many joined up for service. Some never returned...

(Story published in Open Space magazine issue 88 March 2015).



 For the past 100 years the Stubbs family has called our farm in Te Kuiti home. This has given us some perspective on the impacts of farming on the landscape...



Not only do Kris and Karley Amon have a wetlands covenant of great significance for the Taranaki region, they can also claim fame for having established New Zealand’s 3,500th open space covenant.


Improving wetland condition is a benefit of covenant protection.


Near Russell in Northland, coastal open space is protected in perpetuity.


An early covenant on a well-known Romney stud farm north-east of Masterton.


A 2ha remnant of riparian kowhai-ribbonwood treeland in Southland has been protected with the 3,000th QEII covenant.


Since 1993, the Bowden family has protected ten outstanding blocks of coastal cliffs and forest remnants at Matapouri with QEII covenants.


Waikato covenants protecting forest fragments containing tawa.


Protecting and restoring a degraded treeland that was once part of a densely forested tract.


West of Gore a peat bog is protected in perpetuity.


A 94ha covenant protects Corkills Bush near Inglewood.


Natural features protected by QEII covenants in Southland.


Farmers celebrate nature in South Taranaki.


The 41ha Soper's HIll covenant in Golden Bay was protected by Frank and Berna Soper in May 1998.


A significant riparian wetland on Snowdon Station has been protected for 25 years.


A range of restoration work has been undertaken at Sherwood Forest at Tussock Creek north-east of Invercargill since 2003.


An open space gift to the people of Blenheim.


A number of covenants protect the habitat and breeding sites of petrels and shearwaters.


QEII Trust celebrated 30 years of protecting open space in March 2007.


Discover our great trees from the podocarp family: totara, rimu, kahikatea, matai and miro.


On Pikarere Farm in Titahi Bay, a kohekohe forest remnant is in the process of being protected with a QEII covenant


The peripatus (ngaokeoke, velvet worm) is an ancient forest creature.


Integrating conservation with sheep and dairy grazing in the unique coastal environment of Aotea Harbour.


At Patoka, neighbours are working with each other and with councils to make connections between bush fragments in catchment areas.


Landowners and councils are now protecting remaining habitats of our Olearia shrubs with QEII covenants.


A 147 hectare QEII covenant covers the hill country which forms the headland on Nicks Head Station near Gisborne.


Natural turfs of diverse tiny plants protected by covenants.


Covenants protecting mistletoes and their host trees in the Nelson area.


When Murray and Juliet McKee purchased their property near Greytown last year it came with a QEII covenant. As new owners they are very enthusiastic about wanting to care for their newly- acquired covenant.


Landcorp has protected 282 hectares of wetlands and dune lakes on Sweetwater Station near Kaitaia.


Protecting the habitat of North Island brown kiwi.


The Te Hapua wetland complex at Te Horo is one of the best examples left of interconnected swamps on the Kapiti Coast.


Three outstanding covenants include kaki (black stilt) breeding habitat.


QEII covenants help to safeguard New Zealand’s biodiversity by protecting our unique natural heritage in perpetuity for future generations to enjoy.


A 'classic' QEII open space covenant protects a braided shingle riverbed, sedgeland, tussockland and shrubland on the station.


Nelson and Tasman QEII covenantors visit three long-standing covenants in Golden Bay.


A wide array of fungi thrive in forest protected by open space covenants.


Understanding the significance of dryland shrublands and their management requirements is fundamental in protecting grey scrub sites.


Covenants protecting dryland biodiversity.


Private landowners are contributing to efforts to restore degraded gullies.


Protecting bush remnants on dairy farms adds value.


QEII covenants or formal agreements are options councils can use to protect special features on land held by them.


The historic Cockayne Plots on Northburn Station near Cromwell are protected with a QEII covenant.


Find out about four covenants that reflect the wide array of biodiversity and landscapes QEII covenants help to preserve.


Integrating conservation with sheep and dairy grazing in the unique coastal environment of Aotea Harbour.


Covenants protecting flowering trees and shrubs.


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