About Us

The story is told that in former times a Maori woman, name unknown, tended a garden on a
long strip of land somewhere on the northern side of this valley. She grew fruit and vegetables there, and shared them generously with Maori and Pakeha alike.

So well-known did she become for her hospitality, that travelers called her home The Long Garden — Maara Roa.
The nearby Marae has honoured her by naming the area Wharenui ‘Ukaipo Hiato’ gathering place of the mother who provides for all the people.
The Friends’ intention is to re-create a forest ‘garden’ here, whose pleasures can be similarly shared by all in years to come.

Let’s Restore our Land!

We’d like to thank the groups who support us and work with us on the restoration.