In 1977, Te Mata Park was placed under a Queen Elizabeth II National Trust (QEII National Trust) covenant to ensure permanent protection of this iconic landscape.
The purpose of this covenant is to promote the provision, protection and enhancement of open space, for the benefit and enjoyment of all people in New Zealand.
The broad objectives for the management of Te Mata Park, as defined in the QEII covenant, are:
- To protect and maintain the open space values of the land
- To protect the native flora and fauna on the land
- To assist in protecting the landscape integrity of Te Mata Peak
Te Mata Park Trust acknowledges the support of QEII National Trust in helping to protect this special area for future generations to enjoy.
QEII National Trust is an independent charitable trust that partners with landowners to protect natural and cultural heritage sites on privately owned land. They help them legally and permanently protect these special places with open space covenants. Landowners continue to own and manage the protected land and the covenant ensures the land is protected for its values forever. QEII National Trust manages the legal and surveying process required to establish covenants, supports covenantors with the set-up cost of fencing and operates as a perpetual trustee in the covenant partnership, making sure the covenant agreement is respected by all owners for all time. It works closely with central and local government agencies as well as many other organisations, trusts, community groups and individuals committed to protecting and enhancing New Zealand’s natural heritage.
Since its establishment in 1977, the QEII National Trust has registered on average two covenants a week and celebrated its 4000th covenant registration in 2015.
Covenants help protect diverse features such as:
- Forest remnants, wetlands, and waterways
- Important landscapes and ecosystems
- Endangered species habitats
- Geological sites
- Cultural and historic features
- Opportunities for public access and enjoyment.
QEII National Trust is an important partner with management of Te Mata Park, ensuring the preservation of the aesthetic, cultural, recreational, scenic, scientific and social values of the landscape. Any significant changes to the landscape, including new trails or establishing new features, must always be in consultation with QEII National Trust. Hence, all trackwork must be sanctioned and approved by the Trust Board.
As kaitiaki , or guardians, of the Park, we are committed to protecting Te Mata Peak’s iconic landscape, to ensure it is enjoyed by future generations, for many years to come