A group of dedicated volunteers who help to protect the Rotoehu Forest and all its inhabitants especially the North Island Kokako
Bay of Plenty
Rotoehu Ecological Trust (RET) first became a concept in 2011, before officially becoming a registered charitable trust (CC49846) in 2013. We operate in the Rotoehu Forest and Rotoehu Forest West blocks. The Trust manages the land in partnership with the Department of Conservation, and in particular looks after the Premier Category One site (one of five Category one sites in New Zealand) of North Island Kōkako with a population of around 286 birds that are present in the forest. The kōkako are our keystone species and RET works on the theory that if we protect this endangered species then the whole ecosystem will benefit, particularly from pest control.
In addition to working with the local Department of Conservation office in Rotorua, RET has also formed valuable relationships with other local and national conservation groups and entities including Kōkako Specialist Group, Kaharoa Kōkako Trust, Otanewanuku Kiwi Trust, Manawahe Kōkako Trust, Kōkako Organic Coffee, Old Forest School, Little Miss Rose Photography, Kaingaroa Timberlands, Ngati Makino, Te Puke Forest and Bird and Western Bay of Plenty District Council.
Rotoehu Forest is located some 30 minutes from Rotorua and Tauranga, on Rotoehu Road. In addition to the kōkako population, the forest is also home to whitehead, the New Zealand Bush Falcon, grey warblers, tomtits, geckos, and giant rewarewa, rimu and pururi trees. The Trust protects these native assets by carrying out weed and animal pest control including for possums, rats, mice, mustelids, hedgehogs, wild/feral cats, wallabies, blackberry, pampas and wilding pines.
Helping the forest dwellers to live in a safer environment by managing the area and reducing pest numbers
Rotoehu Forest 3 Expansion 19 November 2022
To help meet the Kokako Recovery Groups Goal of 2000 ha under management we plan to extend further East to have a total management area of approximately 1975 ha. Additional areas may be added in the future.
This area will then be included in ground based pest control operations from 2024 onwards (subject to funding).
We are looking for funding to help us to pay for:
Contractor time to mark and cut the lines (approximately 60 km)
Marking equipment (marker triangles and nails)
Installation of 600 bait stations