Northland's native forests are on the verge of collapse according to "Forest and Bird" in reference to thousands of hectares of native forests which featured in drone footage released online today.
Dean Baigent-Mercer of Forest and Bird says, “Rongoā has been stripped out of these forests. So have the birds and your seeing from the drone footage so are the ancient forest giants that were our tuakana trees they were around well before we were born."
The chair of the Northland Conservation Board says pest eradication is an on-going job. Northland has over 116,000 hectares of native forest remaining.
Forest and Bird say it can be saved over a 10-year period if government collaborate with local hapū and communities.