Published 15 October 2009
Conservation Minister Tim Groser has asked the New Zealand Conservation Authority (NZCA) to investigate the creation of a new national park surrounding Northland’s kauri forests.
"The proposed national park in the Waipoua Forest, north of Dargaville, is a pristine forest area with outstanding natural, historic & recreational values. The area includes the magnificent Tane Mahuta (Lord of the Forest) – New Zealand’s largest known living kauri tree – and Trounson Kauri Park, which has a magnificent dense stand of kauri. A visit to Tane Mahuta is part of the iconic kiwi experience for visitors & tourists alike.
"It is has been estimated that only 2% of our kauri remains – most of that in the forests of Northland. There are currently no national parks in the area and this Government is committed to protecting this amazing landscape.”
Mr Groser said investigating the proposed new national park might take up to a year and would include significant consultation with the tangata whenua, te Iwi o te Roroa, local authorities, iwi groups & the public.
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Attribution: Ministerial release, story written by Bob Dey for the Bob Dey Property Report.