In late 2014 the Wildlife Land Trust welcomed its first New Zealand sanctuary to the international network - Nora Shayeb's 62 hectare Te Toiroa Haven, detailed below. In 2016, Treehouse Republic joined as the second member refuge on the North Island of New Zealand. These memberships are generating further WLT interest in the country, and we will be seeking to expand the New Zealand program further in 2017.
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New Zealand: Toka Toka - Pat Mahoney
Pat Mahoney is the owner of 'Toka Toka' a property located approximately 60km southwest of Whangarei. The property is a residence and dedicated wildlife sanctuary, and it is Pat's intent for it to continue to be used for conservation.
Toka Toka covers 4 hectares of temperate rainforest with vegetation consisting predominantly of rimus (Dacrydium cupressinum), tea trees (Leptospermum scoparium), totaras (Podocarpus totara), celery pines (Phyllocladus spp.), cabbage trees (Cordyline australis) and puriris (Vitex lucens).
Wildlife species known to inhabit the sanctuary include native falcons (Falco novaeseelandiae), wood pigeons (Hemiphaga novaeseelandiae), tuis (Prosthemadera novaeseelandiae), fantails (Rhipidura fuliginosa placabilis), grey warblers (Gerygone igata), moreporks (Ninox novaeseelandiae), long-tailed (Chalinolobus tuberculatus) and lesser short-tailed (Mystacina tuberculata) bats, weta (Hemideina thoracica) and brown skinks (Oligosoma zelandicum).
New Zealand: Treehouse Republic - Piet Radford
Piet Radford is the owner of 'Treehouse Republic' a property located approximately 20km southwest of Auckland. The property is a dedicated wildlife sanctuary and has benefited from the protection of a conservation covenant with Auckland City Council since 2007. It is Piet's intent for the sanctuary to continue to be preserved for the benefit of the local environment.
Treehouse Republic covers 0.69 hectares of richly diverse native rainforest. Vegetation consists predominantly of mature New Zealand native rainforest varieties including rimus (Dacrydium cupressinum), tawas (Beilschmiedia tawa), mata?s (Prumnopitys taxifolia), kahikateas (Dacrycarpus dacrydioides), nikau palms (Rhopalostylis sapida), tanekahas (Phyllocladus trichomanoides), puriris (Vitex lucens) northern ratas (Metrosideros robusta) and puketis. Wildlife species known to inhabit the sanctuary include wood pigeons (Hemiphaga novaeseelandiae), tuis (Prosthemadera novaeseelandiae), fantails (Rhipidura fuliginosa placabilis), grey warblers (Gerygone igata) and rurus (Ninox novaeseelandiae).
Te Toiroa Haven
Northland, New Zealand: Te Toiroa Haven - Nora Shayeb
Nora Shayeb is the owner of Te Toiroa Haven, a property located approximately 25km northeast of Whangarei. The property is a residence and dedicated wildlife sanctuary, and it is Nora's intent for it to remain for these purposes regardless of ownership. Aside from 2 hectares designated for residential use, the biodiversity values of Te Toiroa are protected in-perpetuity through a conservation covenant with the Whangarei County Council signed and registered in 1981.
The property totals 62 hectares predominantly comprised of mature native forest, with vegetation species including tree ferns (Dicksonia squarrosa), taraire (Beilschmiedia tarairi), nikau (Rhopalostylis sapida), puriri (Vitex lucens), and podocarp (Podocarpus spp.) forest.
Wildlife species known to inhabit the sanctuary include tuis (Prosthemadera novaeseelandiae), wood pigeons (Hemiphaga novaeseelandiae), silvereyes (Zosterops lateralis), shining cuckoos (Chrysococcyx lucidus), moreporks (Ninox novaeseelandiae) and a wide range of other native species. Additionally, the North Island brown kiwi (Apteryx mantelli) is breeding close to the residence.