July 14, 2021, 4:46 p.m.
The reported numbers of these rākau left in the wild are between 9-14. Rātā Moehau is another endemic species along with the kokimako manawatāwhi that Ngāti Kurī have propagated to bring back from the brink of extinction.
A significant turn out of whānau to a recent planting day helped create an important opportunity for the next generation to be a part of the process of bringing back their tuākana and strengthening their connection with their tūpuna, Moehau.
It's vital for the whānau of Ngāti Kurī to maintain their ahikā and establish their relationships with the taiao and each other as a whānau and as kaitiaki of these pūrakau.