Puketi Forest Trust is a volunteer community conservation organisation and registered charity, formed in 2003 and formally launched at the forest in October that year.

Puketi Forest, Northland New Zealand - kauri trees in foreground, Puketi Plateau on skyline

Our purpose

The activities of the Trust are guided by the founding document which sets out the aims of the Trust as follows:

  • To restore Puketi Forest to a complete, healthy, living forest essential to the spiritual, cultural, historical, economic and social wellbeing of local communities and maintain it in perpetuity for future generations
  • To restore the historical and cultural significance, as well as the mauri (physical and spiritual force) of Puketi Forest
  • To bring together and represent the different groups to ensure that the restoration of Puketi Forest is successful and the benefits of a restored forest are realised by the wider community
  • To promote education about Puketi Forest and become a resource for conservation education and science
  • To provide governance and direction at all stages of the project of restoration and enable fundraising
  • To demonstrate leadership in conservation and landowner awareness
  • To encourage and assist the owners of land adjacent to Puketi Forest to manage native forest on their land in a manner that will assist the maintenance of Puketi Forest as a complete healthy living forest.

Who we are

The trust is administered by up to nine trustees.  One is appointed by the Piki te Aroha Marae Committee and one by the Far North Branch of Forest & Bird.  The remainder are elected by members of the trust.  Meet the trustees here.

The trust currently has approximately 400 members. If you would like to join the trust, find out about membership here.

What we do

Working within a Management Agreement with the Department of Conservation, the trust has established trap networks for control of mustelids and feral cats over 5,600 hectares in Puketi Forest and the nearby Puketi Scenic Reserve, and for control of rats and possums within a 650 hectare core area.
Read more about our pest control here.
Control of goats, pigs and dogs is provided throughout Puketi by the Department of Conservation, who also provide periodic possum control in other parts of the forest.

This pest control provides the basis for a long term restoration project to prevent decline of the forest and restore its rich diversity.
The Forest Restoration page gives more detail.

Monitoring of pests, day-active birds and kiwi has confirmed that the pest control is effective. The Wildlife monitoring page describes the results of monitoring.

The trust has re-introduced North Island robins (toutouwai) and kokako to Puketi.

Newsletters are distributed to members and supporting bodies three times per year. You can read previous issues of the newsletter in our newsletter archive.
If you would like to receive the newsletters, please contact us.

All administration, planning, monitoring, and part of the trust’s work in the forest is done by volunteers, working a total of approximately 4,000 hours per year.  The trust has no direct employees, but employs contractors to service the longer, more distant trap lines.  We have a wide range of jobs that can be done by volunteers and are always glad to hear from anyone who would like to help. If you are interested in volunteering, see our volunteer page and then contact us.