A Key Native Ecosystem plan sets out the management activities that will be carried out to address threats to biodiversity at sites managed by GWRC as part of the Key Native Ecosystem (KNE) Programme. The KNE Programme includes sites that represent a full range of native ecosystem types with significant biodiversity values across the region. Management activities at these sites aim to protect and restore these important remnants of our natural heritage.
Akatarawa Forest includes some large areas of high biodiversity value and these areas comprise one of GWRC’s Key Native Ecosystem sites. The Key Native Ecosystem Plan for Akatarawa Forest describes the values and threats for this site, as well as the management activities GWRC is planning to carry out.
The KNE site at Akatarawa Forest includes all of the native forested areas within the Park which is located in hill country at the southern end of the Tararua Ranges north of Upper Hutt. The KNE site’s large size, diversity of forest types and wetlands are some of the features that make this site so special. It also supports a range of threatened species including Kirk’s daisy, large-leaved milk tree, red and scarlet mistletoes, New Zealand falcon, red-crowned kākāriki, torrentfish and the rarely observed lamprey.
With weeds, pest animals and the adverse effects of human activities posing ongoing threats to the area, GWRC is undertaking a long-term commitment to ensure that this Key Native Ecosystem’s values are protected and restored.
You can download the Key Native Ecosystem Plan for Akatarawa Forest and find further information about the KNE programme on our website.