Mauri Oho’s
first trapline.

In the wilderness of the Ruahines (lower North Island, New Zealand), volunteers from Mauri Oho* aim to extend safe habitat for whio (blue duck), kiwi and many other endangered species.

All it took was 5 volunteers, 15 traps and 48 hours to deploy the first trapline of a network that will protect invaluable manu (birds) for generations to come, and help connect te Taiao to Mana whenua — connecting the land and nature once again.

We join Mauri Oho volunteers Lisa, Geoff and Phillip into iwi land of the Aorangi Awarua, Awarua o Hinemanu and Te Koau trusts to document their first milestone.

With the success of conservation projects led by local volunteers, whio populations are steadily growing and venturing outside of the 15,000 hectares of protected land in search of new territories. With the help of visionary volunteers and local Maori Land trusts, Mauri Oho aims to secure an additional 46,000 hectares of safe, predator-free area for whio and kiwi to thrive.

Successful trapping is rewarding and for volunteers and nature lovers, it is the best way to go wild, spend time with friends and even encounter what they work hard to protect.

Project details

Project size:
46,000 Ha (15,000 Ha now)

Protected species:
Whio, Kiwi and other manu

Number of traps:
15 (First line)

Number of volunteers:
5 volunteers (48 hours)


*Mauri Oho is the Northern Ruahine Biodiversity Recovery Project. Their vision is " connect our people with the taonga of Ngā Pae Ruahine, and create sustainable jobs and enhance the mauri of our people and the taiao. Protected predator free, flourishing native biodiversity from Tupari and the Ikawatea to the front country of Kererū and Mōka." You can read more about their work here.