Introduction

Get involved with conservation groups working with DOC in the Bay of Plenty.

Listed below are some volunteer based groups that you can get involved with. You'll learn new skills, meet like-minded people, contribute to conservation, and increase your connection to your local community and natural spaces.

For more conservation volunteer opportunities in Bay of Plenty:


Aongatete Forest Restoration Trust

Aim: To restore the wildlife and plant life to a part of the Kaimai Mamaku Forest Park. Volunteers carry out pest control including poisoning ship rats and possums. 

Aongatete Forest Restoration Trust on Forest & Bird website

Apanui Saltmarsh Care Group 

Aim: To protect the Apanui Saltmarsh by the Whakatane River by removing rubbish and monitoring birds.

Contact: Warner Haldane  +64 7 308 0215 or apanui.saltmarsh.care@gmail.com

Athenree Saltmarsh restoration

Aim: To restore the natural habitat of this saltmarsh on the coast near Waihi Beach. Meet like-minded locals and learn about the saltmarsh habitat, bird monitoring methods and pest control.

Contact: DOC Tuaranga office +64 7 578 7677

Bay of Plenty community partnership programmes

Aim: To restore the dunes and estuaries in the Bay of Plenty. Coast Care is made up of an number of community groups throughout the region. 

Coast Care on Bay of Plenty Regional Council website

Estuary Care on Bay of Plenty Regional Council website

Forest & Bird Eastern Bay of Plenty branch

Aim: To assist and help fund: pest trapping programmes from Otamarakau to Ohiwa, the Whakatane harbour restoration group, the Waiewe stream restoration, the Forest & Bird Kiwi Conservation Club for kids, a planning and submission programme to district and regional councils on native flora and fauna and coastal protection issues. 

Forest & Bird Eastern Bay of Plenty branch website

Kaharoa Kōkako Trust

Aim: To ensure the survival of the kōkako in the Kaharoa Forest by reducing the number of possums and rats.

Kaharoa Kōkako Trust website and Facebook page

Kiwi Encounter

Aim: To run a captive kiwi breeding programme at Rainbow Springs Nature Park alongside the BNZ Save the Kiwi Trust 'Operation Nest Egg' initiative to boost numbers of kiwi in the wild. Volunteer guides and help behind the scenes is needed.

Kiwi Encounter on Rainbow Springs website or Facebook page

Maketu Ongatoro Wetland Society

Aim: To support and encourage the conservation and restoration of the Lower Kaituna River, Maketu Ongatoro and Little Waihi Estuaries and their associated wetlands.

Maketu Ongatoro Wetland Society website and Facebook page

Manawahe Kōkako Trust

Aim: To protect kōkako in Manawahe, Rangitaiki area, through intensive pest control and monitoring.

Contact: Ken Laurent +64 7 3071323 or +64 27 4100 797

Matata Community Resource Centre

Aim: To improve Matata Lagoon and Walkway.

Matata Community Resource Centre Facebook page

Contact Anthony Olsen +64 7 322 2915 or mere@matata.net.nz  

Mauao Area Wildlife Trust

Aim: To protect, enhance and improve areas of native ecological significance around Mauao and the surrounding environment, including Moturiki Island.

Western Bay Wildlife Trust Facebook page

Nukuhou Saltmarsh Care Group

Aim: To protect and enhance the Nukuhou Saltmarsh as a safe environment for the rare and endangered birds that live there. 

Stuart Slade +64 7 312 4583 or s.m.slade@xtra.co.nz

Okareka Mistletoe Restoration Project

Aim: To protect threatened native mistletoe species in Tikitapu Scenic Reserve and Lake Okareka marginal strip through weed control.

Okareka Mistletoe Restoration Project on community association website

Ornithological Society of New Zealand - Bay of Plenty Branch 

Aim: To monitor bird species and populations across a wide range of habitats in the Bay of Plenty.

Ornithological Society of New Zealand website

Otanewainuku Kiwi Trust 

Aim: The long term survival of kiwi in Otanewainuku Forest through restoration and pest control.

Otanewainuku Kiwi Trust website

Pakihi Valley Care Group

Aim: To preserve native flora and fauna in the Pakihi Valley near Opotiki.

Contact Jane Hill +64 7 315 5777 or janefhill@xtra.co.nz

Rotoehu Ecological Trust 

Aim: To protect the Pongakawa Ecological Area and its inhabitants, primarily the North Island kōkako, but also the forest as a whole. 

Rotoehu Ecological Trust on Nature Space website and Facebook page

Tikitapu Pest Control Programme

Aim: To reduce rat and possum populations in order to protect the rare native mistletoe in the Tikitapu Reserve, encouraging bush regeneration and increased bird numbers.

Contact: Frances and James Blakely +64 7 362 8480

Whakatane Kiwi Trust

Aim: To promote education and advocacy for kiwi recovery in Whakatane.

Whakatane Kiwi Trust website or Facebook page

Wingspan Birds of Prey Trust

Aim: The captive management, research, rehabilitation, and public awareness of New Zealands birds of prey – falcon, hawk and owl.

Wingspan National Bird of Prey Centre website

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