The vision for the Maungatautari Ecological Island Trust is ……

Kaitiakitanga - Protecting our past for the future.


Our mission and purpose..........

To remove forever, or control, introduced mammalian pests and predators from Maungatautari and restore to the forest a healthy diversity of indigenous plants and animals not seen in our lifetime.



  • To build and maintain a 47km totally pest-proof fence around the forest on Maungatautari.
  • To eliminate ALL warm-blooded (mammalian) animal pests within the fence.
  • To re-introduce threatened species that have been lost from Maungatautari, including kiwi, kokako, giant weta, and tuatara.
  • To build visitor access gates and tracks and create a wildlife haven where visitors are welcome.
  • To encourage visitors to come and enjoy the vibrant wildlife, and to experience a pest-free New Zealand forest.
  • To establish an educational facility for school groups, visitors and researchers to learn about our unique flora and fauna.
  • To establish a successful, sustainable enterprise that ensures the longevity of the project.

"For hundreds of years Maungatautari has been a source of life for both Maori and Pakeha. Now it is time to give back to our mountain what we have taken away" Peter Tairi - Chairman Maungatautari Marae




Maungatautari History

Maungatautari has a rich history which has been researched and documented by John Scott.


John's compiled history is available as pdf - download - if you wish to use any of the information in the document please acknowledge this source.