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History of Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari

The Sanctuary Mountain project began with a dream to protect the diversity of plant and animal species living on Maungatautari. Many of our community, including landowners, local iwi and local residents, have a strong emotional connection with the mountain and were spurred into action to protect it.

Maungatautari Mountain was first made into a reserve in 1912 after a wildlife service survey found the forest to be of high significance. Nearly 100 years later, another survey, this time of 2000 Waikato residents, found a favourable majority were supportive of protecting Maungatautari with a pest-proof fence and restoring the area for visitors. A year later, the Maungatautari Ecological Island Trust (MEIT) was formed.

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