Storm over Waikato

By Margo White In Commentary

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23rd April, 2011
Maungatautari Ecological Island rises out of an expanse of farmland; a bush-clad mountain, which overlooks the Waikato towns of Cambridge, Te Awa­mutu and Putaruru. This is where 47km of predator-proof fencing surrounds 3400ha of native bush. Think of an area the size of 7000 rugby fields, with dense bush and rugged terrain, free of warm-blooded predators, save a few mice. These days mainland ecological islands are de rigueur, but ring-fencing a mountain, one that includes and borders public ...

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