Why Puketi Forest?
Puketi has several advantages as a location for a pest free sanctuary:
- It is close to the main centres of population in Northland (Okaihau, Kaikohe, Kerikeri, Kaeo, Paihia) and is easily accessible.
- It is visited by more than 100,000 visitors annually and the potential for conservation education is immense.
- Subtropical kauri forest as a habitat type is nationally rare.
- It is already a floristically diverse, mature forest, which has been identified as having excellent habitat values.
- The forest is largely intact and includes a variety of habitat types including areas that have never been logged.
- Puketi Forest is so far believed to be free of kauri dieback disease, and with good management we may keep it this way.
- The forest is sufficiently large and diverse to maintain populations of charismatic megavertebrates in perpetuity.
- North Island Brown Kiwi and Kukupa are present in reasonable numbers.
- It is one of the three top priority areas for the Department of Conservation in Northland (along with Te Paki and Waipoua Forest).
- It is located centrally in the Far North Region and links easily with private conservation efforts, other Crown controlled land, and offshore islands, allowing movement of bird species along corridors from the coast to the heartland.
- Puketi is high in the collective consciousness of the community and is valued highly by local people, both now and in the past.