The Puketi Forest Trust -
Oho Mai Puketi (Awaken Puketi)

About Puketi Forest:

Within its 15,000 hectares, Puketi Forest contains magnificent stands of kauri and a rich ecological diversity ...more


The Puketi Forest Trust

is a charitable trust formed in 2003 with a mission to restore Puketi to a complete living forest ...more


If you would like to find out more
about our work so far, go to our Monitoring,
Pest Monitoring and Trapping Results pages.

Puketi Forest Kauri Challenge

The next Puketi Forest Kauri Challenge will be held on Saturday 26th January 2019.

Details and entry forms are available on our Events page.

Link to Puketi Kids websiteThe Puketi Kids website (for kids of all ages) is our online information centre for conservation and science in the forest. It has lots of interesting pictures and facts about the native wildlife, plants and pests of Puketi. You can listen to bird calls, take an online riverwalk tour or experience a twilight encounter.

You Can Support the Trust

Sponsorship: Sponsor a hectare of restored forest or a kilometre of track, purchase a trap or donate to the Puketi Forest Trust Endowment Fund. If you would like to contribute, go to our sponsorship page.

Volunteer: Help with bird counts, kiwi call listening, invertebrate monitoring, checking traps or setting out and retrieving cards from tracking tunnels. There is also a wide variety of interesting and important jobs that need doing from time to time. If you would like to help, go to our volunteer page.

Puketi on You Tube:

A video showing scenes of the forest and backgrounding the goals of Puketi Forest Trust can be seen on You Tube.
Written and produced by Janna Sicely, funded by Pub Charity.

Puketi Forest

The Puketi Forest is an ancient kauri (Agathis australis) forest located in the heart of New Zealand's Northland. Along with Omahuta Forest, it forms one of the largest contiguous tracts of native forest in Northland. [Location map]

Within its 15,000 hectares (37,000 acres) Puketi Forest contains magnificent stands of kauri, podocarp and hardwood trees and a rich ecological diversity including 370 recorded species of plants, some of which are found nowhere else in the world.

The forest once supported numerous and diverse birdlife, but introduced pests have sadly reduced these through competition and predation. Unique species such as kokako, rifleman, whitehead, bellbird, kaka and red- and yellow-crowned parakeets are no longer present. Populations of remaining native birds such as North Island brown kiwi, kukupa (New Zealand pigeon) and pied tit are much reduced and also face local extinction without intervention. Toutouwai (New Zealand robin) were returned to the forest by the trust in 2009 and 2010.

Before human influence, New Zealand's only land mammals were two species of bats. Small populations of both these species remain in Puketi and require protection.

In the past, Puketi was central to the lives of Maori and early European settlers. Its plants and animals provided food, shelter and clothing. In the late 19th century and first half of last century, its huge kauri trees supported thriving timber and kauri gum industries.

The forest is now protected as part of Northland Forest Park and is administered by the New Zealand government Department of Conservation (DOC).

You can visit and walk in the forest to see the magnificent kauri trees, watch birds and enjoy its breathtaking scenery.


The Puketi Forest Trust

Founded in September of 2003, the Puketi Forest Trust is an incorporated society and registered charity. Our mission is to restore Puketi Kauri Forest to a complete living forest essential to the spiritual, cultural, historical, economic and social well-being of communities and to maintain it for future generations in ways which are compatible with conservation values.

The Trust is administered by up to nine Trustees, one of whom is elected by the Far North Branch of the Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society of New Zealand Inc. and one by the marae committee of Piki Te Aroha Marae located at Rahiri adjacent to the forest. The remainder are elected by members of the Trust.

The Trust raises money from donations, sale of merchandise, sponsorship and grants. This money is used to remove introduced pests from a 5,500 hectare management area on the south-west side of the forest. The effects of pest control on populations of both pests and native wildlife are monitored.

Now that pest control has been established, the trust is working to reintroduce native birds and other wildlife that have been lost from the forest. All planning, administration, monitoring and much of the work in setting up and running the project are carried out on an unpaid basis by trustees and volunteers. Contractors are paid to do most of the pest control work.

The restoration project is described in more detail on our "Restoring the Forest" page.

You can read more about the Trust at our "More About Us" page. If you support the aims and activities of the Trust you can become a member.

This page last updated: 7 November 2018

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