13 Feb 2010

Kauri national park proposed in Northland

7:59 am on 13 February 2010

The Conservation Authority has identified an area it thinks is suitable for a kauri national park in Northland.

It's centred on the Waipoua forest north of Dargaville, which includes Tane Mahuta, New Zealand's largest known living kauri.

Conservation Minister Kate Wilkinson says only 2% of New Zealand's kauri remain, mostly in the forests of Northland where there are no national parks.

The Department of Conservation will formally investigate the values of the area.