Tahi encompasses a wide variety of different ecosystems. The dune vegetation on the surf beach gives way to diverse native 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.
Over a hundred years before we established Tahi, the land had been converted for farming, including drainage of all wet areas and the channelling of all streams. Now, 14 wetlands have been reintroduced, ranging in size from a few square metres to up to five-hectare lakes. The estuarine salt marsh, home to a remnant population of fernbirds, has been reinstated after it was drained and blocked from seawater – and the fernbirds have flocked back too.
As well as encouraging the return of native birds and fish, our wetlands help recharge groundwater and ensure we have adequate water to keep our farm, flora and fauna hydrated through Northland’s drier summer months.