Towards a pest-free Puketi

If you live in Northland and you haven’t yet visited the Puketi Native Forest north of Kerikeri, you’re missing a trick. It is an ancient kauri forest which, along with the Omahuta Forest, forms one of the largest contiguous tracts of native forest in Northland. Home to Te Tangi o te Tui Puketi, the fourth largest living kauri with a height 50.9 m (167′), Puketi is easily accessible from the Bay of Islands and Hokianga Harbour.

Puketi offers a diverse range of walking and tramping opportunities. It was once a marvellous ecosystem that supported thousands of native birds.

The Puketi Forest Trust is working to restore this unique rainforest to its original biodiversity. Haigh Workman senior civil engineer Michael Winch is a long-time and passionate volunteer with the Trust and has infected us all with his enthusiasm for the work the Trust does.

In recent years we have started diverting money that we might ordinarily spend on engineering client gifts, particularly around Christmas, to causes that are close to our heart. The first cab off the rank, following a hugely enjoyable company night walk in the forest, was the Puketi Forest Trust.

We think that the work the Trust is doing to protect and restore the mauri (lifeforce) of this magnificent place is definitely worthy of support. And we look forward to many years of continued association.