Who we are and what we do


Our society was formed in 2002 as a result of deep-seated community interest in the ecological restoration of Mt Pirongia.

It evolved from a joint department of conservation and community focus group set up in 1997 to deal with possum control issues.


Our group's title comes from the name used by tangata whenua for Pirongia. It translates as:

"The scented presence of Kahu (a tohunga's wife)"

This reflects our wish to see this mountain continue to influence and enrich the lives of all who gaze upon it."

We are a registered charity with the charities commission and donations to us are tax deductable. Charities number: CC22495


Our goal is to see Kōkako and other key native species re-introduced to Mt Pirongia, and we're getting the community on board to help us make it happen.

We focus our efforts on controlling pests and reintroducing native species on the mountain. This work is achieved by working with our local community and landowners around the mountain. 

Whatungarongaro te tangata toitu te whenua

As man disappears from sight, the land remains



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Our committee at the 2016 AGM.

A picture of the new committee will be on it's way soon, so watch this space!


Members receive our quarterly newsletter and can:

  • contribute to improving the environment in our own community by taking part  in society activities such as bait station filling and monitoring aspects of native forest health (pests, birds, bats, vegetation)

  • benefit from training and experience in areas such as native ecosystems including planting to atttract native birds, group management skills, Maori tikanga relating to Mt Pirongia

  • benefit socially from knowing others locally who share interests and so strengthen their sense of belonging to our land and community

  • network and advocate with other conservation groups