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East Taranaki Environment Trust

Location of East Taranaki Environment TrustThe East Taranaki Environment Trust's ( ETET) priority is to undertake projects for “in situ” protection of native species in Taranaki, with kiwi being our indicator species. We also have a strong advocacy and facilitation role.


To have 500 pair of kiwi under predator control within 5 years.


Situated south east of Urenui, approximately 30 km east of Inglewood, 8 km west of State Highway 43.


The Trust is actively involved in the protection of kiwi in the Purangi/ Matau area of East Taranaki. The area currently under pest control is 13,000 ha of mainly private land and public conservation estate. It includes mature forest, regenerating bush, exotic forest, and farmland.

Organisations involved

East Taranaki Environment Trust, Taranaki Regional Council, and Department of Conservation with support from Taranaki Electricity Trust, Greymouth Petroleum, the Bank of New Zealand Save the Kiwi Trust and local volunteers.

Management history

An aerial application of 1080, in partnership with Taranaki Regional Council, was used in 2005. Traps are currently set for stoats and a trial block of rat lines is to be established.

The Trust is involved, with local community support, in a predator control project to protect the whio in areas surrounding Egmont National Park. This is to complement the work being done by DOC inside the park, and will ensure the area of protected river habitat is large enough to support a sustainable population. The monitoring of the stoat boxes is being done on a self help basis by the local community.


Primarily private land, the treated area is mainly to the north of Junction Road.