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trunks and canopy of kauri trees  in Waipoua forest


Conserving New Zealand's Waipoua Forest

A book by Peter Thomas

The Forest

Waipoua Forest is located on the west coast of New Zealand’s Northland. It is a Crown-owned native (indigenous) forest managed by the Department of Conservation. 

Four Sisters kauri trees in Waipoua Forest

The Four Sisters, a stand of kauri in the Waipoua Forest 

Dignitaries at the Waipoua Forest Sanctuary proclamation ceremony

Mr. FJ Perham, the Conservator of Forests, Minister Corbett, and Professor WR (Roy) McGregor at the proclamation ceremony.

The Campaign

On the 3rd of July 1952, after a long public campaign, some 23,000 acres of the 39,000-acre Waipoua Forest were proclaimed a forest sanctuary. Logging of kauri in the forest sanctuary was then banned.

The Book

Retired History and Classics teacher, Peter Thomas, decided to investigate what role his father, lawyer and horticulturist Norman Russell Withiel Thomas (NRW), played in the campaign. The account does not pretend to be 'the' history of the campaign but rather an account of the role NRW and others played in the struggle to save the forest. For a preview of the book's contents, please click on the cover image.


Click on the image above for a preview of the book's contents

How To Get The Book

The book is now available for purchase. If you are interested in reading the book, please contact the author by clicking on the button. Or contact your local library and ask them to buy one for the collection.

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