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Tahi’s ecosystems

Tahi encompasses a wide variety of different ecosystems. The dune vegetation on the surf beach gives way to diverse broadleaf forest on the hills further inland. Small lakes provide freshwater habitat for mullet and rare long-finned eels while mangroves and conserved salt marshes are home to kingfishers, rare fernbirds and banded rails.

The coastal dunes were the site of earliest human occupation where early Maori hunted the coastal moa (a large flightless bird, similar to an emu or cassowary). Eggshell and gizzard stones are all that remain of this once plentiful but now extinct bird. Many of the local dune plants have declined after a century of farming and Tahi is working with other groups to resurrect these.