A Western Bay of Plenty quarry site is set to be transformed into a conservation sanctuary aimed at becoming home for more of New Zealand's native wildlife.
The Department of Conservation has reclaimed the 400 hectares of land at the top of No3 Rd, Te Puke, after permitting it out for quarry use in recent years.
It was now calling for public submissions on the proposal to change the land designation from a stewardship area to sanctuary area.
Partnerships ranger Mark Anderson said DoC hoped to bring the land back to an area of ecological integrity fit for habitat for New Zealand's native wildlife, flora and fauna.
Mr Anderson said the land bordered with a Western Bay catchment area already hosting kiwi. It was hoped that, by bringing the land into a lush conservation area, it would increase the living area for the endangered bird.