Pureora Forest protest, 1978. In 1978 conservation activists occupied Pureora Forest to try and stop the felling of native trees. They built platforms in the trees, sat on the ground in front of the trees and on the tracks, and hid under logs. The protest gained media attention and logging was temporarily halted. It is "recognised as one of the finest rain forests in the world". the park is one of the largest intact tracts of native forest in the North Island and has high conservation value due to the variety of plant life and animal habitats available.