June 20, 2022, 11:22 a.m.
E kore te kauri e tū mokemoke – our Kauri never stand alone.
Kauri Ora is a unique collaboration between four Te Tai Tokerau iwi with a shared vision to ensure the kauri thrive for future generations. Te Roroa, Te Rarawa, Ngāti Kuri and Ngātiwai are working together to protect and restore the kauri forests.
The kauri is one of Aotearoa’s most infamous rākau rangatira (majestic chiefly trees). The history of the great kauri originates back to creation and there are whakapapa links between the kauri and the tohorā (whale). The kauri tree is revered as Te Whakaruruhau (the protectors) of the forest, protecting the many flora and fauna that find shelter and grow within the shelter of the kauri.
Kauri Ora seeks to ensure that future generations continue to feel, touch, smell and see Kauri. The collaboration between the four iwi and government agencies utilises mātauranga Māori and western science for the wellbeing of kauri ngahere.
Kauri Ora is funded by Jobs for Nature with additional support from Tiakina Kauri, Te Runanga o Te Rarawa, Ngātiwai Trust Board, Te Roroa Commercial Development Limited and Ngāti Kuri Trust Board.
Jobs For Nature funding was granted over a 2 year period and will end in May 2023. The hope is to transition Kauri Ora into a co-management space and ensure the knowledge, expertise and skills gained will continue and expand to other Iwi who are also kaitiaki of kauri and the ngahere.