Major Project Titirangi

About the project

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About the project

To restore Titirangi following the harvesting of pines and replanting with native plants.

Council and Ngati Oneone are working together, with the support of other community groups to restore this sacred maunga (mountain). This includes understanding and sharing stories and special values associated with the maunga. 

These values are

  • Cultural - Titirangi is the sacred maunga for Ngati Oneone and has whakapapa linkages for a number of turanga iwi,
  • Archaeological – Titirangi is a site of Maori occupation, post European occupation, as well as military use.
  • Environmental - we recognise the role Titirangi can play once restored in native vegetation, as part of a region rich in biodiversity. 

The scope of the project is to re-vegetate 2 key sites in native coastal vegetation and areas around the road, tracks and car parks. Tracks and steps will be upgraded and signage. Historical interpretation will also be part of the Tairawhiti Navigations project.   

The project will be completed by the 250th commemorations in October 2019.

Working with others

We're grateful to have the support of the following groups:

  • Department of Conservation
  • Women’s Native Tree Project Trust
  • Forest and Bird
  • Gisborne Intermediate, Horouta Wananga, Kaiti School, Enviroschools and Te Wharau School

Titirangi pine harvest 

The harvest of 8ha of pines in April 2015 was carefully planned to lower the risk of damage to the landscape and preserve sites of cultural and historic value.

  • trees were felled and then attached with strops to a skyline
  • then lifted off the ground and carried to hauler pads at 2 sites
  • logs were then processed and stored before loading onto trucks
  • about 150 truckloads of logs were removed to the port
  • the site was cleared of wood debris, only stumps remain
  • some of the power lines running over the hill will also be taken out and laid underground

For more information about the restoration project and tree harvest on Titirangi

Background documents

December 2014 - resource consent to harvest pine plantation

September 2014 - Report to Council - Titirangi project status
Report 14/317  |  App1 - Protocol Titirangi Reserve  |  App2 - The Titirangi Accord  |  App3 - 2 Maps  |  App4 - TMP