July 2009
This is a reconnaissance survey report about the Kaipara Ecological District for the Protected Natural Areas Programme.


Cover of the publication.
Publication cover

This report describes the significant natural areas of the Northland Conservancy portion of Kaipara Ecological District, which were surveyed in the summer of 2006–2007. It provides a significant information resource for the Department of Conservation, Northland Regional Council, Kaipara District Council, iwi, landowners, planners, interest groups, and the general public to further the conservation of remaining natural areas.

Kaipara Harbour, the largest in New Zealand and the Southern Hemisphere, is a nationally and internationally important habitat for migratory and non-migratory bird species. Terrestrial indigenous ecosystems include the two outstanding old-growth forest remnants at Pouto, the largest gumland left in lower Northland, at Maitahi, and the extremely important Pouto dune system in the southwest corner of the district. This study provides an objective assessment of the ecological value of the remaining natural areas, both protected and unprotected, of the District.

Publication information

M.C. Smale, B.R. Clarkson, B.D. Clarkson, C.G. Floyd, T.S. Cornes, F. M. Clarkson, D.C. Gilmour, T.M. Snell, C.M. Briggs

Report prepared by Landcare Research New Zealand and The University of Waikato for:
Department of Conservation, Northland Conservancy

ISBN 978-0-478-14606-6 (hard copy)
ISBN 978-0-478-114607-3 (web PDF)
ISSN 0112-9252


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