Our Story

Pukaha Mount Bruce is under the guardianship of a strong partnership between the Pukaha Mount Bruce Board, Rangitane o Wairarapa and the Department of Conservation.

We share a common vision to restore this place to its natural, tranquil beauty and restore the forest’s legendary dawn chorus.

These three groups are are drawn together in to their unique community partnership through the Pukaha Mount Bruce Board which was established in 2006.

In July 2013 the Pukaha Mount Bruce Board took over the operation of the Visitor Centre, Education programmes and retail activities from the Department of Conservation.In October 2015, it took over the operation of the captive breeding programme from the Department of Conservation too. 

Pukaha Mount Bruce works with local environmental management company, Blackblocks environmental to restore and protect the 942 hectare Pukaha reserve.

Pukaha Mount Bruce is supported by the Greater Wellington Regional Council and Horizons Regional Council through their ongoing predator control programmes on neighbouring properties.

Pukaha Mount Bruce is supported by all sorts of people and all sorts of organisations.

All have one desire – to ensure the birdsong that graced the original 90 Mile Bush is evident for future generations.

Without the ongoing support and dedication of these groups and organisations, we would not have achieved what we have done so far or be able to plan for a very positive future.

We are grateful to the following groups and organisations:

Pub CharityTrust House Charitable TrustWairarapa Building SocietyHiggins Group LtdNew Zealand Community Trust, OCS Ltd, Tararua District CouncilMasterton District CouncilEastern & Central Community TrustCentral Energy TrustNew Zealand Lotteries Grants BoardMasterton South RotaryLands Trust MastertonTranzit Coachlines, Watson & SonEnumerate Chartered AccountantsHoffman Ford Pahiatua, Sellar & Sellar