where we work AND what we do

The Waipoua Forest Trust

The Waipoua Forest is an ancient ecosystem and one of the largest areas of kauri still surviving today. The reserves that make up the Waipoua Forest Trust border the northern & southern edges of the Waipoua Forest. At WFT our aim is to protect, promote and restore the kauri ecosystem of the Waipoua Forest. The trust is situated on the west coast of Northland, New Zealand. 

We currently own 241 hectares of milled land adjacent to the Waipoua Forest. All land owned by the Trust is placed under a covenant for permanent protection through the Queen Elizabeth II National Trust.  So far 155 hectares have been regenerated and were working to plant out the rest in the next 10 years. The Waipoua Forest Trust works in partnership with Kaitiaki Kiwi, Te Roroa iwi, Northland Regional Council, the Department of Conservation, the Native Forest Restoration Trust and Reconnecting Northland.  

Our Work

Our main work at the Trust is to regenerate previously cleared land that borders the Waipoua Forest.  Our goal is to protect and restore this kauri ecosystem at a landscape scale. The challenges of kauri dieback disease, introduced pest species & the onset of climate change makes our work more important than ever.

The Trust is committed to restoring the natural balance of the forest ecosystem by replanting natives and controlling plant and animal pests. Our young Millennium Forest, which we’ve been regenerating since the year 2000, is a living example of the potential to expand the Waipoua Forest, giving unique species in this area the opportunity to survive and flourish.

Trees planted so far

our team

board of trustees

Alex Nathan


Brendan Lyne


Janice Brenstrum


Megan Topia


Tom Donovan


& in the field

Georgina Read

General Manager

Jordyn Paniora


Ngaio Osborne-Mace


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