This poster from 1952 was part of a successful campaign to set aside and preserve some 9,105 hectares of the Waipoua forest as a sanctuary. Ecologically important, the Waipoua forest is one of a handful of Northland forests to contain mature stands of native Kauri trees. Its importance is demonstrated by a plaque in the Waipoua forest that reads, “You are in the heart of a small remnant of one of Earth’s most ancient ecosystems. Breathe deeply and tread softly.” It is also home to two rare native birds, the North Island brown kiwi and the kokako.
What famous tree can be found in the Waipoua forest and why is it famous?
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