Land Access

Access by iwi and the public to the forests lands has been a key issue for the Land manager and Land owners.

The Land manager and Forestry Manager agreed the access policies and protocols for the Kaingaroa Forest on 30 September 2010.

This policy allows for vehicle access for any persons who have obtained a valid permit to enter the forest. Under the Crown Forest Licences (CFLs) the public can 'wander at will' on foot within the forest land. This public privilege existed before the land was transferred to iwi ownership and remains unaffected today.

Outside the fire season public access by vehicle, for hunting and fishing, is permitted by Timberlands Ltd during daylight hours on weekends and public holidays. During the fire season (from 1 October to 30 April), public access by vehicle is at the discretion of Timberlands Ltd as the Licensee. Timberlands have communicated they will allow public access during the fire season only when there are extended periods of Low fire danger.

Under the CFLs, Timberlands Ltd has the right to control access to the forests land for the purposes of health and safety and protection of assets. Timberlands main concern for restricting vehicle access is to manage fire and safety risks. This is why access is limited to low fire danger periods to minimise fire risk, and weekends to avoid the increasing over-dimension truck traffic on the forest roads during work hours.


People wanting to access the forest to fish or hunt must apply to Timberlands Ltd for a forest access permit. This process existed before the land was transferred to iwi ownership.


From 1 April 2011 Timberlands Ltd will charge the public for permits.

There is no charge for verified land owners. To be eligible, land owners must present a completed Verified Land Owner Form signed by their Delegated Iwi Representative. Any person who can whakapapa to one of the eight iwi within the CNI Iwi Collective can contact their iwi directly for information about the Central North Island forests land.

See below for Delegated Iwi Access Representatives.

For more information on how to apply for a permit, the terms and conditions of permits, and the permitting season please go to the Timberlands website for information

Te Runangā o Ngāti Whare Trust 07 366 5690 Bronco Carson
Te Runangā o Ngāti Manawa Trust 07 366 5736 Maurice ToeToe
Te Komiti Nui o Ngāti Whakaue Trust 021 053 1164

021 354 678

07 348 7994
Hoki Kahukiwa

Katie Paul

John Ransfield
Te Mana o Ngāti Rangitihi Trust 07 322 2452 Ken Raureti

Fay Rawson

Tipene Marr
Tuhoe Establishment Trust 07 312 9659 Matt Te Pou

Iharaira (Max) Temara
Te Pumautanga o Te Arawa Trust 07 347 4615 Rickie-Lee Kamariera


Bethany Ptiman-Brewer
Raukawa Settlement Trust 07 885 0260 Lyn Mott

Andrew Paul
Tuwharetoa Settlement Trust 07 386 0746 Henare Johns


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