Te Kahu o Taonui - Special Edition E-Pānui Significant Natural Areas
Māori landowners have recently received notification of work looking to propose Significant Natural Areas (SNAs) on their whenua from the Far North District Council (FNDC).
Significant Natural Areas (SNAs) are areas containing significant indigenous vegetation or significant habitat of indigenous fauna that must be protected to ensure the ongoing biodiversity in the District. These areas are a special part of our District and New Zealand's ecological landscape. Councils are legally required under the Resource Management Act 1991 to identify and provide for the protection of areas of SNAs.
In FNDC alone 282,696ha are deemed 'SNA' much of it whenua Māori. Te Kahu o Taonui and other hapū, land trusts and land owners have serious concerns and reservations about what is taking place and put together a special edition E-Pānui to inform whānau.