Sanatorium Hill Restoration Project. An offshoot from the main activities of Cambridge Tree Trust is an interest in Maungakawa Reserve, in particular, the "Tuis 2000" pest control project.
Cambridge Tree Trust and Tui 2000 of Hamilton, with the support of local landowners, have sponsored a programme to:
- Restore natural habitat and cultural heritage of Maungakawa/Sanatorium Hill. (There was a sanatorium there for people with tuberculosis).
- Enlist support for implementing and monitoring a pest programme that will remove rats and other pests so that native birds can breed. While the birds are nesting, there will be a drive to control rats, possum, cats and stoats.
Confusion reigns over the names used for this area. Its original name was Pukemako (Hill of the Bellbird), and it is also known as Gudex Park, to honour the work of Michael Gudex, botanist. Sanatorium Hill includes Maungakawa Reserve and Gudex Memorial Reserve. It is about 4kms from Cambridge.
In 2014 there were changes. Sections 8, 9 and 10 of the Ngati Haua Claims Settlement Act 2014 are informative. To read the full text of the Act, or any part of it, click on the link below:-
As a result of treaty negotiations with Ngati Haua, these reserves, once known as Te Tapui, are now called "Maungakawa Scenic Reserve" as set out in section 61(4) of the Ngati Haua Claims Settlement Act, 2014. These lands are outside Waipa district and have not previously been referred to here.
The land formerly known as Maungakawa Scenic Reserve and that known as Gudex Memorial Park Historic Reserve are now called Pukemako Scenic Reserve and Pukemako Historic Reserve respectively. These changes are set out in sections 62 and 63 of the Settlement Act of 2014 referred to above.
Although the Department of Conservation built new tracks in the area in 2012, management of the Reserves has been transferred to the Waipa District Council as part of the Treaty Settlement co-management scheme..
This link takes you to a small gallery of photos taken in September 2017.. They show how successful the program has been.