Protection of existing ecosystem health
- Protect the high flora and fauna values at Parininihi by controlling rats, possums, mustelids, cats and goats to low numbers.
- Prevent the establishment of weeds that threaten the forest ecosystem
- Work with adjoining landowners in the control of animal and weed pests to create a buffer around Parininihi
- Improve knowledge of ecosystem health and the existing populations of Taonga species, such as kiwi, oi/titi (grey faced petrels) and pekapeka (bats)
Enhancement of biodiversity values
- Return Kokako to Taranaki and establish a viable breeding kokako population
- Return threatened plants and other species such as titi (mutton birds) that have been lost from the area.
Community engagement and partnerships
- Enable the people of Taranaki to experience a vibrant and diverse natural environment.
- Give Ngati Tama people the opportunity to be strong in their kaitiakitanga (guardianship) and maintain strong cultural ties to Parininihi
- Work with schools to make Parininihi a place of learning and excitement
- Maintain strong and long lasting partnerships that will ensure that this taonga is preserved for future generations
We will achieve this using the following methods:
- Integrated animal pest control to provide full ecosystem protection
- Monitoring of key forest health indicators
- Reintroduction of missing species that are vulnerable to predation and habitat decline
- Ongoing engagement with technical experts to ensure use of best methods
- Strong partnerships between tangata whenua, central and local government, community and business sectors