Friends of Rangikapiti
Friends of Rangikapiti are a group committed to the restoration of a 33ha coastal forest between Mangonui and Coopers Beach in the far north of New Zealand. The forest is currently largely Manuka, Kanuka, Pohutukawa, Mahohe and Kohekohe however has a significant weed problem in addition to threats from opossums, rats and mustelads.
The area has stunning coastal vistas and has the potential to be one of the great short walks.
For the first ten years our focus has been on controlling asparagus scandens (and other invasive weeds) which blanketed whole sections of bush within the reserve. Now that much of that work has been completed, the emphasis is increasingly to restore biodiversity in the reserve. Our work now encompasses, tree planting, trapping, environmental education and track improvement.
Rangikapiti Pa Historic Reserve is a place of immense historical significance to local Maori and of recreational importance to locals. On 20 August, we planted 500 trees funded through Trees That Count's partnership with Z. A further 1000 will be planted next year with support from Trees That Count and Z.