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Our Vision

The vision of the Trust is of a healthy and vital Aorangi Forest and surrounds restored to their former glory.

Our Story

The Aorangi Restoration Trust are advocates for the restoration of the Aorangi Forest.

Our Mission

By 2045, the Trust aims to have restored the Aorangi Forest and its surrounds to the state where the indigenous forest, coastal, and marine ecosystems are healthy, and its streams, rivers, and wetlands are clean and abundantly inhabited, and provide ecosystem services that benefit the rural and urban economies of South Wairarapa and offer places for recreation for the wider Wellington region.​


Who we are

We are advocates for the restoration of the area's native ecosystems. 


We want to:

  • encourage public support and involvement in the project

  • make people aware of the historic, recreational, archaeological, and cultural features and other qualities of the area

Established in 2011, the Trust represents the interests of local landowners, iwi, recreational hunters, and community organisations and works with partners who believe that the values of the Aorangi are worth protecting. 

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Clive Paton (chair), Jane Riddiford, Jim Law, Joe Hansen, Joe Howells, John Bissell, Mark St Clair, Simon Hoskins and Tony Didsbury.

Project Manager
Operations Manager - Tonganui

Aaron Donges


It is very much a collaborative effort with our partners, volunteers, and visitors who are offered the opportunity to experience and contribute to conservation work.


Currently, we have five established projects:

  1. Predator control

  2. Monitoring

  3. Penguin recovery

  4. Education

  5. Tonganui Corridors

If you would like to get involved or contribute in some way, we would love to hear from you!

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