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Brook Waimarama Sanctuary

Location of Brook Waimarama sanctuaryA community-based initiative working to create a pest-free wildlife sanctuary near Nelson.


To restore the forest around Brook Stream (Waimarama - ‘clear water’) and bring back its original inhabitants.


The Sanctuary will extend over c. 715 hectares, most of which is mature beech forest with occasional podocarps.

Organisations involved

The sanctuary is administered by a charitable trust with a board of 10 trustees – three representing project partners: DOC, NMIT (Nelson polytech) and local iwi, and others as individuals.

Management history

Construction of a pest-proof fence is planned for 2008/09.