Tahi

NORTH ISLAND, NEW ZEALAND

On an island in the South Pacific—a land known as Aotearoa (New Zealand)—you will find Tahi, a secluded sanctuary of over 740 acres of golden sands, South Pacific surf, estuary, wetlands and native forest. Spend your days with sand beneath your feet, walk the trails, explore the forest, kayak, surf, watch the birds or just sit and be and let Tahi surround you.

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Situated in the North Island of New Zealand, on a beach where the tallest bird in the world once roamed freely, in a land of myths and legends, Tahi has its own story to tell, a story of birds returning, forests rejuvenating and wetlands reappearing. Surface to another world where past, present and future are treasured – where time is spent within surroundings committed to making our carbon footprint lighter while not compromising on your comfort.

 

This secluded ecological retreat steeped in the history of the local Maori and rich in archaeological sites is a world apart. A world dedicated to sustainability, conservation and the restoration of ecosystems. Tahi’s 4.5 star bungalow accommodation offers you a luxury experience and an unparalleled opportunity to enjoy some of the many wonders that Aotearoa has to offer.

 

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The 4Cs

Tahi joined The Long Run in 2015 and committed to a holistic balance of the 4Cs – Conservation, Community, Culture and Commerce – as a means to contribute meaningfully to the biodiversity and the people of their local region.

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CONSERVATION

Tahi is recognised as a New Zealand model for biodiversity conservation and sustainable environmental management and has received a number of accolades for its efforts in these areas. It is situated in an area with a rich diversity of habitats, from tussock grasslands on the sand dunes neighbouring the beach, through to native New Zealand forests in the upper parts of the property. It is therefore no surprise that the bulk of its conservation efforts are geared toward the restoration of these natural habitats that have been altered detrimentally over the centuries by human settlements and the introduction of alien plant and animal species.

 

With an extensive wetland restoration and indigenous planting programme combined with a pest control scheme both within its natural boundary and surrounding areas, Tahi has seen positive signs of the regeneration of indigenous species. Most notable has been the rapid recovery of native bird populations of which Tahi has so far identified 65 species including the endangered Australasian brown bittern.

 

As a result of Tahi’s restoration efforts and being biodiversity and carbon positive they are now a member of the International Business and Biodiversity Offsets Programme. Working closely with the New Zealand government as a pilot project in order to monitor, develop and share best practises in biodiversity offset design and implementation. This will involve an intensive year long monitoring of biodiversity levels, to be run in conjunction with already established systems at Tahi.

 

COMMUNITY

Tahi is part of the Pataua community, which comprises local farmers originally descended from European settlers who came to the area in the 19th century, members of the Te Waiariki Maori people who inhabited the area prior to the arrival of the European settlers, and who are now farmer-land owners living on the adjoining Maori reserve land. Tahi maintains good relationships with its surrounding communities, and is committed to promoting sustainable livelihoods and healthy lifestyles throughout.

 

Involved in many community-driven initiatives, such as pest control programmes, aiding in the creation of wetlands in neighbouring community land and providing educational tours for Maori elders, schools, universities alongside opening the reserve to daily hikers and horse riders. In addition, it supports local enterprises by giving first priority to local Patua residents when procuring all its services and support needs, while also providing employment to many members of the community.

 

CULTURE

With several archaeological sites, a prominent Pa (a fortified village and a secure living place for Maori elders and a centre for learning, crafts and horticulture) alongside a number of locations where middens, (prehistoric rubbish dumps comprising archaeological treasure troves of how people used to live) and house platforms are to be found, indicating extensive previous human settlement. Guest villas feature Maori artefacts and crafts, as well as books on Maori and settler history and culture; and the owners of Tahi themselves are well versed in the intricacies of Maori culture. One staff member is a well-respected and knowledgeable member of the local Iwi (tribe).

 

Among the activities offered to guests are guided walks where the ancient trees, local history and customs alongside traditional myths and legends of the area are explained by a member of the neighbouring Maori community. As the Maori are protective of their cultural heritage each guide is carefully vetted before being ‘accredited’ by the local elders and community.

 

Tahi organises an annual Open Day which is a cultural exchange event aimed at not only opening the property to interested community so they can view the evolving landscape while also enhancing understanding and coexistence between the diverse cultures and peoples (European, Pataua and Maori) present at Tahi. At these open days, local communities are encouraged to sell their arts, crafts and food in stalls set up by Tahi, further promoting and supporting the exchange of cultural knowledge.

 

COMMERCE

In addition to its tourism business, Tahi continually seeks ways to diversify its income streams and at the same time provide benefits to local communities. One such project is the production and marketing of Manuka honey, a type of honey prized for its anti-bacterial properties, for healing wounds and injuries and other health promoting effects. Having just won the regional Sustainable Business of the Year award the honey production blends in well with Tahi’s sustainable environmental management and conservation model.

 

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