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TAUTORO

Tautoro - situated 12 kilometres south of the township of Kaikohe - is epitomised by the steep and high flat-topped volcanic cone of maunga Tauanui on the northern flanks of the Mangakahia Ranges. Together, maunga Tauanui and maunga Tautoro (463 meters) form part of the Kaikohe-Bay of Islands Volcanic District. The lava flow from maunga Tauanui – called the third Tāheke Basalt Flow - is one of the longest basalt lava flows in the region, where, from its source it moved and moulded its way through the Tautoro valley and ended near Horeke at the Hokianga Harbour.

The soils in the area surrounding the volcano are immensely fertile terrain for agriculture and for many generations have been the homeland for several interconnected hapū including Ngāti Rangi, Ngāti Moerewa, Ngāti Whakahotu, Ngāti Kiriahi, Te Ngāre Hauata, Te Whānau Whero and Ngāi Tawake.

Their settlements were based here in testament to the area’s waterways and fertile ground - from which they derived cultural and economic benefit. With their deep ties to whenua and wai and their reliance on mahinga kai, eeling and wild food gathering - hapū are especially vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. Now, community members are stepping up to educate themselves and others identify the impacts and ensure resilience in the face of local change. Devising and adopting locally tuned climate action plans can help whānau protect their way of life.

 
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