A tree planting project in the big South Wairarapa valley to establish permanent native forest corridors reconnecting the Aorangi and Remutaka Ranges.
Tonganui Corridors will reconnect the public conservation land of the Aorangi and Remutaka forests by forming permanent native forest corridors across the big south Wairarapa valley. We see indigenous plants, birds, insects, lizards and fish thriving here.
Native flora and fauna flourish across Tonganui alongside farming.
"The value of reconnecting the small fragmented native habitats across Tonganui is to provide people with a deep connection to this place and ensure our grandchildren and future generations will see and can enjoy what once flourished here."
- Aorangi Restoration Trust chair, Clive Paton
This sits within the wider vision of the Pūkaha to Kawakawa Alliance – a collaborative, community-led initiative across all Wairarapa – for thriving biodiversity and connected communities where land, water and people flourish – Wai Ora, Tangata Ora, Whenua Ora, Mauri Ora.
The mission is to fence-off and plant native trees, to re-create corridors that reconnect native biodiversity across the big south Wairarapa valley; provide shade and shelter for biota and a permanent sink for greenhouse gases; employ and train people; and support Māori aspirations.
The work will start in the south between the Aorangi and Remutaka and around Wairarapa Moana; the brain of Maui’s fish – Ra Smith, Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa.
Maori taonga will be returned; the mauri of the whenua restored.
Project Crimson, Kohunui Marae, Ngāti Hinewaka, Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa, Rangitane o Wairarapa, Pūkaha to Kawakawa Alliance (P2K), Ducks Unlimited, South Wairarapa Biodiversity Group, Friends of Onoke Spit, Greater Wellington Regional Council (GW) Department of Conservation (DOC), QEII National Trust, and Victoria University of Wellington.