Huapai Reserve in West Auckland is 15-hectares of kauri forest, mature kanuka scrub, areas of puriri, taraire, rewarewa and podocarps.
In 1947, the liquidators of Northern Fruitlands bequeathed 12 hectares of kauri forest to the University for preservation and research purposes. Two years later the University purchased an adjoining block of land to extend the reserve to 15 hectares.
Along with kauri and mature kanuka scrub, Huapai is home to gullies of distinct vegetation, including areas of kahikatea, tree fern, nikau palm and supple-jack.
Current teaching use
- Kauri and drought
- Kauri carbon project
Recent relevant research
- A drought simulation method for large trees
- Comparative water use patterns of New Zealand tree species
- Kauri litterfall patterns are influenced by drought
- Carbon uptake and storage in kauri trees
- A kauri tree ring study
- Methods for sampling diversity of parasitoid wasps
- Statistical methods for estimating population size
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