The Baton Valley Trust was established around the purchase of the property at the top of the Baton Valley, nestled between the Skeet and Baton Rivers adjacent to Kahurangi National Park, in 2008.
The Baton Valley is in Te Tau Ihu, the top of the South Island/Te Wai Pounamu of Aotearoa/New Zealand. We are 50 minutes from Motueka, and 90 minutes from Whakatū/Nelson.
The Baton Valley Trust exists to support current and future generations, providing opportunities to learn, explore, rest and also contribute to the Baton story going forward.
We aspire to achieve small-scale, sustainable conservation, in order to maintain and regenerate native species of flora and fauna, currently integrating this with a working farm. We hope to develop a high standard of ecological performance in all pertinent areas of conservation and to establish and define indicators that measure change in these factors.
Education is important to us. We aim to facilitate education about sustainable conservation and sustainable living through educational workshops, outdoor activities and community events.
We provide open spaces and reserves, and access to clean rivers, for the purposes of recreation and past times for the benefit of the general public in the Tasman region.
1. Te Whenua, Papatūānuku, is the source of all life. She is the Mother.
Ka ora te Whenua, ka ora te tangata.Caring for the whenua is the first priority. Everything else must be measured against this. When the land is well, the people are well. Papatūānuku is our mother.
The mauri is the web of connections that sustains life.If any of those connections are weakened or broken the mauri is less able to sustain life. The integrity of the mauri and its web of connections has greater priority than the rights and needs of any individual or species.
Our role is to care for the mauri. In doing so we are cared for by it. We find peace. We are at home.