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Find out more about one of the most cultural, spiritual and ecologically significant areas in New Zealand in a new report just published by the Department of Conservation.

Date:  11 June 2009

Want to find out more about one of the most cultural, spiritual and ecologically significant areas in New Zealand? A new report just published by the Department of Conservation (DOC) may be the answer!

The Natural Areas of Te Paki Ecological District has just been released and will be useful to anyone who wants to update their existing knowledge or learn more about its natural features, says DOC spokesperson, Wendy Holland.

Cape Reinga, cover photo for the report Natural areas of Te Paki  Ecological District.
Cape Reinga, cover photo for the
report Natural areas of Te Paki
Ecological District

“The Te Paki Ecological District is located at the northern extremity of the North Island. Virtually all natural areas in this Ecological District are of nationally significant conservation and ecological value, with several areas reaching international significance. The area contains an incredibly high number of rare and threatened species including many that are only known from the Te Paki area.  For example there are 39 land snails and 20 plants that do not occur anywhere else in the world.”

Original survey work for the report was undertaken between 1995 and 1997; however, recent aerial photography has been used to represent the sites.

This report provides significant information for landowners, iwi, environmental groups, local authorities and other groups with environmental management interests and responsibilities, Ms Holland says.

“This type of work has been ongoing around Northland since 1994 and is gradually nearing completion to cover the whole region.”

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