Floating in Auckland’s front garden, Rangitoto, Motutapu, Motuihe/Te motu-a-Ihenga, and Browns Island (Motukorea), are predator-free motu (islands) that will flourish when native forest is thriving on them all.
Rangtitoto motu contains the world’s largest pohutukawa forest. The other 3 motu pastoral areas are ideal for rewilding of native forest, wetlands/streams and coastal ecology. Some planting by volunteers has already been started on Motuihe and Motutapu.
The motu are also nationally important coastal and volcanic landscapes, visitor destinations, land environments and geopreservation sites.
The conferring of National Park status would recognize these nationally important values, with all the benefits that rewilding can create.
If you would like to help resource iwi and DOC to rewild these motu then email them at billy.brown at ngaitai-ki-tamaki.co.nz and kalane at doc.govt.nz
If you would like to help with on the ground rewilding then contact the Motutapu Restoration Trust or Motuihe Trust.
If you wish to share your support for this Rewild Opportunity then email us your thoughts to info at rewildaotearoa.org.nz or comment on our Facebook site.