Restoring biodiversity from
Mountain to Sea.
Creating opportunities and participation in practical conservation, local employment and education.
Working in partnership
Working collaboratively with all partners
to achieve a shared vision.
Imagine a seabird mountain! Before humans arrived here, there were thousands of seabirds returning to breed each year on Karioi. What an amazing sight to behold! Due to the hard work of our team of staff and volunteers we now have chicks successfully fledging from our coastline once again.
Since 2009 our community has been actively working together towards restoring our unique coastal forest and its native birdlife. A special focus is on grey faced petrel / Oi, a native seabird that like many other native birds is vulnerable to predators like stoats, rats, feral cats and possums.
Large scale predator control on over 2000 hectares of Karioi Maunga and surrounding land, aims to protect a small remnant population of Oi that return each year to breed on Karioi as well as little blue penguin, kaka, bellbird, tomtits, kereru, morepork, tui, and fantails. Unless active predator control is in place to protect Oi nests existing populations are unlikely to survive. Large-scale predator control also means we might one day see kiwi back on Karioi.
Our vision is to restore biodiversity from the mountain to the sea. We do this by engaging our community, providing environmental education, and creating sustainable partnerships with other organisations.
The Karioi project is a community-led conservation project, initiated by Te Whakaoranga O Karioi in partnership with Te Whaanga ahu Whenua trust, members of Tainui hapu, A Rocha Aotearoa NZ, Whaingaroa Environment Centre, Department of Conservation, Waikato Regional Council and Whaingaroa/Raglan community.