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Written by Richard Edmondson, Northern News   
Wednesday, 11 November 2009

A national park could be created in Northland if a government proposal to give Waipoua Forest national park status gains public support. Waipoua Forest national park status could only boost tourism in the Hokianga.

Conservation Minister Tim Groser has asked the Conservation Authority to consult iwi, local authorities and the public about establishing New Zealand’s 15th national park in the region.

Mr Groser says only 2 percent of New Zealand’s kauri remains and most of that is in Northland.

"There are no national parks in the area and this government is committed to protecting this amazing landscape," says Mr Groser.

The proposed national park area is home to several threatened species, such as North Island brown kiwi, kukupa – wood pigeon, pekapeka – bats and kauri snails.

It also includes New Zealand’s largest known living kauri tree – Tane Mahuta – and Trounson Kauri Park which has a magnificent dense stand of kauri.

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