The principle underlying the establishment of Te Pua o Whirinaki Regeneration Trust is “He Tapu Te Whirinaki” - the sacredness of the Whirinaki - which is recognised in the project’s vision:
To enhance the mauri of the Whirinaki Forest and the mana of Ngāti Whare
The vision takes a holistic view of the indigenous forest landscape and acknowledges the aspirations of Ngāti Whare, as tangata whenua for Whirinaki.
Enhance the mauri of Whirinaki Forest
Indigenous forest will be regenerated to support the full range of species diversity, re-establish ecological processes and ultimately provide traditional and ecological services, e.g. food sources, comprising Ngāti Whare’s pātaka kai.
Enhance the mana of Ngāti Whare
Regeneration of the indigenous forest will be done in such a way as to support the involvement and livelihood of Ngāti Whare and in a manner that is consistent with the aspirations of Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Whare.