Over half of our property is clothed in recovering native forest after being farmed in the early part of the 20th century. However the long term viability of this native habitat is being compromised by massive exotic pines and their wilding seedlings left over from when they were planted along long overgrown fence lines.
The native wildlife that is present is also being compromised by invasive mammals who prey on eggs, chicks and adult birds, lizards and even insects that live in the forest.
Tāne is widely known as the Maori god of the forests and birds.
We have named our property Tāne's Rest as here is one place that he can have a break from the demands of being the guardian and protector of Aotearoa's remaining native forest as we have made the commitment to do his job for him and work to restore our small piece of forest. In doing so we aim to leave it better than we found it and we hope to encourage others to do the same.
We are planning to develop tools and knowledge that will make the task easier for those who come after us and we will record and share the story of our journey in this blog and on the pages of our website.
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We are underway with our project to build a sustainable off grid lifestyle as a counterpoint to our city lives - the lifestyle we want to have versus the lifestyle we have to have.
After Christmas in Auckland we left the house in the care of Hannah and Zane so they could continue their summer jobs to finance their university studies and have spent a week at Tāne's Rest to get the ball rolling.
Taking a trailer load of fencing timber and posts with associated paraphernalia we have built and erected a set of gates to begin our fencing programme. These are the first post holes that Grant has dug since he was a student working to finance his own university studies by spending summer fencing in the Marlborough Sounds.
Time with a chainsaw has also established Marie's first orderly firewood stack and made a small dent in the piles of log offcuts. It is clear that we will also need to incorporate a wood fired pizza oven in our plans as this will allow us to cook outside, to eat delicious food and to put at least some of the wood debris to a productive use. We also have the spot for an oven worked out as we have begun to level the site for our caravan.
It is a New Year and a new beginning, both for Tane's Rest and our family as we look towards a more sustainable future.
This blog is the ongoing story of our piece of paradise on the East Cape we have named Tāne's Rest. Visit our About pages to read more about our project, and feel free to leave a comment on any of our posts.
Uawa County existed for 45 years from 1 December 1918 to 1 April 1964 before merging with Cook County. Click on the map to download a copy.