We bring together the multiple kaitiaki and stakeholders of the Kaimai Ranges Forests and northern Mamaku plateau, covering 240,000 hectares. These are the people who care for and value the ranges forests, farms and waters of the Waihou River and Tauranga Harbour areas.

Carlton Bidois and Norm Barker are Co-Chairs of the Forum, which is comprised of a Forum Steering Group of 11 members, as well as three Project groups representing interests for Biodiversity, Water and People.  They come together, at least twice a year, in a wider plenary to present their current work plans to Forum member organisations and individuals.  They seek feedback and agreement on their work, which includes changing direction or focus if Forum members require that.

Chris Tangitu (Ngati Ranginui) and Kate Akers (Kaimai Catchments project coordinator, NZ Landcare Trust) at Tutereinga Marae

Forum hui at Tutereinga Marae

Kaupapa and vision of the Kaimai Mamaku Ranges Forests Forum

The Kaimai thrive; hence we thrive.

The Forum sees itself as a change agent – a commitment by each and all to doing things differently.

  • Forum members recognise the Kaimai as a taonga, and Mana Whenua as kaitiaki. Our forum is a community partnership that invites us all to stand together for this place.
  • We work as peers, each bringing our own skills and perspectives to the common good of the Kaimai and future generations.