Te Potae o Awarua

Te Potae o Awarua is a joint initiative by the Aorangi Awarua Trust and DOC. Originally established as part of a research project looking at the effect of bait in stoat traps, it has provided a stepping stone to the establishment of a partnership that capitalizes on the knowledge and understanding of both DOC and the Trust.

In addition to the research benefits from the initial layout, our vision for the Te Potae Project is to work towards an integrated pest management area of 20,000ha. The project area is centred on the North West corner of the Ruahine Ranges, which is celebrated for its biodiversity values.

The area supports a diverse range of habitats and this diversity also supports a large number of rare and threatened plant and animal species. Of particular interest are the protection of a remnant population of East Coast North Island Brown Kiwi - the southern most known population - and whio populations, which are dispersed throughout this area.

We aim to continue to develop our relationship with the local and wider community. We also wish to gather existing knowledge and open up new areas by focusing more research and development in this area in an attempt to learn more about the species and habitats to aim management decisions.

You can help

The Trust and DOC welcome assistance with this project in the following

  • Trap checking and species monitoring trips. If you have a high level of fitness and backcountry experience, you can register your interest to help with trap checking trips. These take 2-4 days with parties accessing the area by helicopter. The frequency of trips is dependent on funding and weather.
  • Sponsorship. Several agencies and individuals have already been generous with
    donations of money for traps and materials and essential supplies such as helicopter flights and eggs for bait. The future of this project is dependent on sponsorship; any offers would be welcomed by DOC and the Aorangi Awarua Trust. If you or your company would like to sponsor this project please contact the DOC office at the address given below.
  • Protection of stoat traps. If you are in this area for recreational purposes we ask that you stay clear of the stoat traps. They can cause injury if set off accidentally.
  • Information. Any feedback from recreational users of this area regarding damage to traps or sightings of rare and threatened species would be greatly


For further information contact:

Conservation Services Manager

Te Papaioea / Palmerston North Office
Phone:      +64 6 350 9700
Email:   manawatu@doc.govt.nz
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