Working collectively to tackle pest control

A unique tourist venture has joined forces with a Taranaki-based environment group to tackle pest control in one of the region’s more isolated spots. Forgotten World Adventures, which runs converted golf carts along the former Stratford-Okahukura line, has collaborated with the East Taranaki Environment Collective (ETEC) to set up 69 pest animal traps along a 10km stretch…

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Jan Hania moves onto Taranaki Mounga board

Since 2014 Taranaki Mounga Project Director Jan Hania (pictured) has been instrumental in developing and implementing our transformational 34,000-hectare landscape-scale project.   This week Jan moves from his role as Project Director to an Independent Director on our Taranaki Mounga Board.   Our team and board are delighted to continue to have his expertise and knowledge…

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Underrated wonders of New Zealand

Our Co-Project Manager Sera Gibson made a cameo appearance on TVNZ’s Seven Sharp! This part of their Seven underrated wonders of New Zealand segment. Comedian and staunch South Taranaki man Ben Hurley filmed on our tupuna maunga as part of our ongoing visitor attraction activity. We were proud to feature alongside Te Poihi Campbell (Te…

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New kiwi set to join successful Kaitake colony in Taranaki

Eight kiwi have been set free into bush in the Kaitake Range in Taranaki, joining 10 released for the first time last year and which are now thriving and breeding. The new arrivals, released on Thursday, will provide more genetic diversity for a new colony that is developing, Kaitake Ranges Conservation Trust chair Peter Morgan…

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Kiwi release ‘season’ begins in Taranaki

Kiwi release ‘season’ got under way with the release of five birds on Taranaki Maunga on Tuesday. They were the first of 34 that will be moved out of the region’s kiwi nursery during April. This is the third year that birds bred in the Taranaki Kohanga Kiwi At Rotokare, a partnership between the Taranaki…

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It’s goodbye to goats in Te Papakura o Taranaki after 100 years

After almost a century, goats are gone from Taranaki Maunga​ and the world’s longest-running goat eradication programme has come to an end. Their absence is already being seen in an abundance of plants previously gobbled up by the goats. This achievement was marked on Friday with a signing of the Tomorrow Accord milestone by representatives…

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Bringing kiwi back to the Kaitake Range

Kiwi were not seen or heard on the Kaitake Range for decades. After a huge predator control effort by Kaitake Ranges Conservation Trust, Department of Conservation and Taranaki Mounga, 10 kiwi were released on to the range in April 2021. Since then, these kiwi have all now paired up, are breeding and thriving! We wanted…

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Taranaki Mounga Tamariki Trainee

What Now NZ spent some time with our Science and Innovation Lead Tama Blackburn and the awesome Korban Knock in the ngahere. Watch their adventure (and hilarious one-liners) as they check out the technology we use on our maunga!

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Kiwi now paired and prosper on Kaitake Range

In April last year 10 kiwi were translocated to the Kaitake Ranges. These kiwi were released with radio transmitters attached to their legs to allow Taranaki Kiwi Trust to monitor their survival and dispersal patterns. The kiwi have not only all survived but they have thrived in their new home. All 10 kiwi paired up…

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Options considered for rebuilding Taranaki’s Lake Dive Hut

The Department of Conservation, local iwi, Federated Mountain Clubs and Back Country Trust are in discussions to explore opportunities for a potential rebuild of the popular Lake Dive Hut in Egmont National Park. The 16-bunk Lake Dive Hut, on the slopes of Taranaki Maunga, burnt down in 2020 in a suspicious fire. A man alleged…

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Fishing for goats around Te Papakura o Taranaki

Taranaki Mounga is on the way to fully eradicating goats, a harmful threat to our native plants, making Te Papakura o Taranaki New Zealand’s first ungulate (hooved animals) free national park. This effort is working towards larger predator management goals including Predator-Free Taranaki and the Regional Council’s development of a biodiversity ‘halo’ surrounding the Mounga…

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Smoke-looking clouds on Taranaki maunga are ‘just dust’

Onlookers watched “plumes of smoke” rise from Taranaki Maunga this week, with dozens posting to social media, some calling the Department of Conservation, and one phoning the fire service. But there was no fire. The smoke-looking clouds were simply dust caused by “wind and very dry conditions”, Department of Conservation (DOC) senior ranger Dave Rogers…

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