Nga Whenua Rahui
Nga Whenua Rahui (NWR) is a branch of Department of Conservation which aids tangata whenua in land conservation. Resource is provided for the protection of indigenous ecosystems on Maori land. The criteria of Nga Whenua Rahui Kawenata (Covenant) are geared towards the Maori land owners control.
In 2006 The Omapere Taraire E & Rangihamama X3A Ahu Whenua Trust entered into a land covenant with NWR for 25 years on an area of Omapere land. This included an area known as the Lake Buffer Zone and a large bush fragment known as Papakauri Bush. This Kawenata fits in with the environmental values of Omapere and ORT in terms of land conservation and protecting water quality.
The Lake buffer zone has been fenced off to exclude stock. Partial planting has taken place at each end of the buffer zone. Damage has occurred to the western plantings with extensive loss taking place, however lessons have been drawn from this experience and remedial actions are being developed.
Manuka and kanuka have successfully emerged in other areas of the buffer zone. A local ecologist reporting on Mudfish found in the riparian area, was extremely happy with the habitat available.