Tūhoe people are dedicated everyday to the preservation of this sacred rainforest, their identity and cultural heritage, and share their connection with nature, with every visitor at the park. Having regained control of their land after decades of logging by outside interests, members of the Tūhoe community are trying to bring back conifers in the Podocarpaceae family, which they refer to as the chiefs of the family of Tāne, the god of forests and birds.
1. denisbin; Rotorua New Zealand. Fast flowing river with glacial bloom and snow melt chemicals making it very blue; January 11, 2004; (CC BY-ND 2.0). 2. Daniel Pietzsch; View from Panekiri Hut; December 11, 2008; (CC BY-NC 2.0). 3. Department of Conservation; Mokau Falls - Lake Waikaremoana Great Walk; December 21, 2002; (CC BY 2.0). 4. denisbin; Maori carving in workshops training studio at Whakarewarewa park and volcanic area in Rotorua; January 4, 2012; (CC BY-ND 2.0). 5. denisbin; Rotorua. Maori carving near the entrance to Whakarewarewa maori Park and volcanic area; January 4; 2012; (CC BY-ND 2.0). 6. Or Hiltch; Foggy Forest Walk; January 7, 2010; (CC BY-NC 2.0).