Welcome to our site.

Please feel free to look around. However, the best way to find out what's going on is to email with questions. Note that we're all volunteers, so factor that into your response expectations!
Please also email us if you have any queries or ideas you think we'd find useful.

By the way - that photo at right is of kiwi chick removed (in Feb 2016) for raising in a (currently) more secure sanctuary - say hello to Popokotea!

Upcoming Events

first photo of 
Popokotea at 19 days

All scheduled events are shown on our calendar.

The next Meeting (to which all are invited to contribute - they being more in the nature of a lunchtime catchup) is scheduled for... to be advised.

The next Maintenance trip (trap check trip) to the land is planned for.... some time... for those that are interested.

Stoat & rat trapping is ongoing, using enclosed DOC 200, and a passel of Goodnature's A24 rat traps. When possum trapping is active, they are usually off-ground exposed leg traps.

Hunters will be operating at the property at irregular intervals. All scheduled hunting trips are shown in the calendar.

Please note that hunting is only by prior arrangement for every hunting trip. If you have hunted here before you must still obtain permission prior to every return. For the safety of casual visitors and local landowners, unauthorised hunters will be considered to be poaching.

Our current Health and Safety Plan can be downloaded from our LINKS page.

What is the Mt Hiwi Trust?

The Mount Hiwi Charitable Trust was formed to allow access to and preserve indigenous virgin forests and ecosystems in perpetuity.

The initial 1016 acre (411 hectare) block of land consists of 3 distinct regions (see map )

*Reserve Block - 343 acres (139 ha) complete virgin bush in a single valley catchment

*Buffer Block - 320 acres (129 ha) to the north and east of the Reserve catchment, also in (mostly) virgin bush

*Regenerating Block - 350 acres (142 ha) to the west of the Buffer Block, in regenerating bush

The 343 acres of the Reserve Block forms the head catchment of an area identified by DoC as being ecologically significant (a Significant Natural Area, or SNA) and therefore worthwhile protecting.  The remainder of the SNA is located on a neighbour's property, as shown on the map (note that the Trust only has access to that part of the SNA on our property).

What's there?

Wildlife Vegetation
Brown kiwi tawa
Toutouwai (North Island Robin) large rimu
Tete (Grey Teal) beech
Puweto (Spotless crake) sedge grass
Matata (Fernbird) rata
Popokotea (Whitehead) raupo
Eel toe toe
Karearea (NZ falcon) - Dave's darlings wheki
Ruru (Morepork)
Short tailed bats
Long-tailed bats

big tree fern

Membership and Contact Details.

We welcome new members all the time. If you're inclined towards assistance without being a member, we're OK with that too. Give us a call :-)

Mt Hiwi Charitable Trust

P O Box 132