Te Ao o Te Rangi served in the military for thirteen years, managed youth leadership programmes, graduated with his Bachelor of Arts majoring in Psychology from Massey University in 2020. He now works for Ngā Matapopore Whenua - New Zealand Landcare Trust as the Mātauranga Māori Facilitator for ‘Taiea te Taiao’, creating ecological stepping stones for the past three years between Maungatautari and Pirongia te aroaro o Kahu following the Mangapiko. Taiea te Taiao mā Mangapiko, mai i Maungatautari ki Pirongia te aroaro o Kahu ahu ake, is the name provided to the project by Pūrekireki Marae. Translated, this means “Cherish the environment, following the Mangapiko, from Maungatautari to Pirongia te aroaro o Kahu, and beyond.
Taiea te Taiao mā Mangapiko, mai i Maungatautari ki Pirongia te aroaro o Kahu/ Cherish the environment, following the Mangapiko from Maungatautari to Pirongia te aroaro o Kahu and beyond
Te Ao o Te Rangi Apaapa will speak about the Taiea te Taiao ecological corridor project between Priongia and Maungatautari. This project on public and private land is to provide habitat for native birds, lizards and insects and to enhance water quality. So far, the project, with assistance from Mana Whenua, Pūrekireki Marae, Local Government, and private landowners has planted 200,000 native trees into the whenua along the Mangapiko. Mana Whenua, including Pūrekireki Marae have identified several heritage sites as stepping stones for Engagement, Planting, Pest control and protection of existing forest. Monitoring of Tuna according to the Maramataka, Pekapeka and Hūrepo data collection continues as this growing community looks towards the future.