Tahi is a private conservation retreat in Northland that focuses on ecosystem health and community wellbeing. Its work is threefold: creating a nature sanctuary, running an eco-retreat, and growing a global honey business where 100% of profits are reinvested into conservation and cultural projects.
When 780 acres of mostly degraded pasture were bought in 2004, only 14 bird species were present. Now there are extensive wetlands, recovering dune systems, forests and shrublands. Seventy one bird species have been recorded, 22 of which are rare or endangered.
When Tahi was purchased, the vision was to restore the land to a near natural state of past ecosystems. To achieve this, the project had to be both financially sustainable and accepted by the community. An ecotourism and thriving honey business were created, providing commerce and community to the surroundings, while funding conservation efforts. Tahi works with local landowners, businesses, Maori, schools and local community groups.
So far, 325,000 trees have been planted as part of a carbon sequestering campaign. Fourteen wetlands have been restored. Almost 9,000 visitors have been hosted. Nearly 3,000 bee hives have been established to produce honey, and a Bees in Schools programme run in 23 schools.
Tahi is a living example of transformation, rejuvenation and commitment to sustainable business.