The Catholic Agency for Justice, Peace and Development

Te Warawara

Caritas has developed an 80 page guide for teachers in ways to nurture kaitiakitanga (stewardship) of the Warawara Forest in Northland.

The guide was written at the request of Te Kura Taumata ō Panguru, a small local area school in North Hokianga. It is called Te Warawara: Te Wairua o te iwi o Te Rarawa.

The guide includes activities, worksheets and lesson plans and is aimed at primary and secondary school students. It features worksheets tailored to specific year groupings.  The book is both instructional and inspirational.

In this forest stands one of the largest kauri in Aotearoa New Zealand, and is home to many threatened native species, including North Island kiwi and kaka, bats and karearea (New Zealand falcon).

Dame Whina Cooper described te Warawara as the living spiritual being of the hapū of Te Rarawa which is the local sub-tribe.

To order a copy of the resource ($35, including postage), please contact the Caritas office on 0800 22 10 22 or email to


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