We are working closely with the Mt Eden and Epsom communities to develop a Maungawhau Ecological Halo, a buffer zone around the maunga to protect and enhance the diversity of native bird and plant life.
We are supporting residents, business owners and schools to control predators, suppress invasive weeds and encourage ‘bird friendly’ native shrubs and trees to grow on their private properties.
If you live within the halo area you can collect a free rat trap and safety box, borrow a possum trap, or pick up an invasive weed ID brochure from our trap library at the Mt Eden Village Centre between 9 - 12am on Weekdays.
The halo builds on the legacy of the Friends of Maungawhau who, since the 1980s, have made great strides in improving native biodiversity on and around the maunga. They continue to work restoring the old Batger Quarry on the mountain’s western flank.
The project also prevents reinvasion of pest animals and invasive weeds to the maunga itself where, since 2014, the Tūpuna Maunga Authority have reduced predators, built a boardwalk to protect culturally significant archaeological sites, and pedestrianised the tihi (summit).
The Maungawhau Ecological Halo encompasses patches of critically endangered lava rock forest centred on Withiel Thomas Reserve. This puriri-dominant forest is one of the last few remnants of a unique ecosystem that was once common across Tāmaki Makaurau’s lava field. Much of what remains is on private land northwest of the maunga, around Almorah Road, Gilgit Road, Withiel Drive and Mountain Road. If you live in this area, please get in touch and we’ll provide you with resources and support to preserve the ecology of this unique landscape.