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Life Returning to Maungatautari

Life Returning to Maungatautari
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Copyright: Janice Dunn (Janice) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-01-21
Categories: Rain Forest, Mountain
Camera: Canon EOS 30d, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM
Exposure: f/8, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2008-01-22 21:49
Viewed: 4853
Points: 14
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The Maungatautari Ecological Island Trust

The Maungatautari Ecological Island Trust
has been established to lead a community project to restore the ecology of Maungatautari, a forested volcanic cone rising above the Waikato basin near Cambridge, New Zealand.

Their Vision is:
To remove, forever, introduced mammalian pests and predators from Maungatautari, and restore to the forest a healthy diversity of endangered flora and fauna such as the tuatara, kiwi, kakariki, saddleback, stitchbirds not seen on the mountain in our lifetime.

Maungatautari volcano rises like a beacon above the Waikato just south of Lake Karapiro. Its 3363 hectare forested peak and flanks are surrounded by a sea of pastoral farmland, and embraced on two sides by the Waikato River.


To build and maintain a 47km totally pest-proof fence around the forest on Maungatautari.

To eliminate ALL warm-blooded (mammalian) animal pests within the fence.

To re-introduce threatened species that have been lost from Maungatautari, including kiwi, kokako, giant weta, and tuatara.

To build visitor access gates and tracks and create a wildlife haven where visitors are welcome.

To encourage visitors to come and enjoy the vibrant wildlife, and to experience a pest-free New Zealand forest.

To re-establish a healthy diversity of indigenous plants and animals on the mountain.

To establish a successful, sustainable enterprise that ensures the longevity of the project.

Their aim is:

The Trustees recognise that the only sure way to achieve this is to remove every last warm-blooded pest...permanently. Only then can we protect the mana of the mountain and the mauri (life-force) of the forest.

"For hundreds of years Maungatautari has been a source of life for both Maori and Pakeha. Now it is time to give back to our mountain what we have taken away" -Peter Tairi - Chairman Maungatautari Marae

Please check out this website - http://www.maungatrust.org/ You will learn a lot more about Maungatautari from it.

PLEASE check the WORKSHOP for a closer look at the 47Km fence that has been placed around Maungatautari

New Zealand is going through a very hot summer, and the farmers are crying out for rain - notice how dry and brown the grass is here.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2008-01-23 1:54]

Hello Janice,
Excellent capture.I liked POV,natural colors,lighting and visual impact a lot.TFS

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-01-23 2:06]

Hello Janice,
This sounds like an exciting project. The area looks very beautiful and it must be exciting to follow the development. Very fine view of this rolling landscape and I like the low mist over the hills. Nice POV and beautiful colours too.
Many thanks, Ulla

Hi Janice

What an alluring landscape! New Zealand seems like such a beautiful country, I wish I can visit sometime some. Very nice notes.

Thanks for sharing

Interesting restoration project you've outlined for us Janice..It sounds like a most worthy endeavor..A wonderful WA view including the volcanic cone shrouded in cloud..And that touch of red bottom left is your famous Christmas tree? :)
Very well done!

Hi Janice
Very interesting presentation. How often we don't think that our activities can change our surroundings in the way that it will be difficult to move them back to the previous stage. That was also a case of Australia and New Zealand.
However, that is good that there is a possibility to make at least small part of the world free of alien species, as in the case of Maungatautari.
What concerns the picture I like it. Nice composition and colours.
I wonder what is this red thing in the lower left part of your picture?
Best wishes

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2008-01-24 15:42]

Amazing PoV and composition! This is a beautiful land portrayed with great finesse by yourself

Impresionante y con un acertado formato.

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