Some of the challenges facing the world today feel very big, almost too big, for one person to be able to have an effect. We believe that action IS important and that with lots of people doing their part - big or small - we can create change.
There are so many practical ways that you can take action in your household, workplace & at school as well as advice for visitors to Waiheke.
If you want to get really involved, volunteer with the WRT or there are lots of great local campaigns to get behind. Check out the directory below.
We love volunteers here at the WRT and there are loads of great opportunities to learn, attend great events, get amongst nature or meet new people. To sign up to volunteer contact us here.
Why wouldn't you volunteer for the environment?
During 2013 we researched the type and extent of environmental volunteer work happening here on the island. It's huge!
What's more, it's not all happening through organised groups. There are amazing people out there just quietly getting on with their own thing.
We asked people to tell us how many hours were volunteered each year, and based on what they told us (not everyone responded so this is under-represented), it's at least 11660 hours.
This can be thought of as 1666 days of work (a 7 hour day) which equates to 4.6 years of full time work by one person, or 4.6 people working full time for a year – and that’s 365 days a year!
Go on - volunteer here!
The island directory of environmental groups.
These groups would welcome your contribution as little or as often as you can manage. Contact them to find out more, or get on their mailing lists.
Rob Morton & Hanne Sorenson 372 6586 email
Atawhai Whenua Reserve (Forest & Bird, Matiatia)
John & Rhonda Griffiths 9482386, Flynn Washington 372 8150 email
Forest and Bird Waiheke
F&B undertake various conservation activities around the island, including at the three Forest & Bird reserves on Waiheke Island. It also administers the Weed Trust creating worthwhile employment.
Brian & Robin Griffiths 372 7662 email, Sue Fitchett 372 7600 email
Friends of McKenzie Reserve
Winter planting, weeding, and mulching, pest management, track formation, education hub.
Penny Ericsson 372 6174 email
Friends of Te Toki Reserve
Weed and pest control, mulching and planting
Jan Vail 372 3253 email
Friends of the Hauraki Gulf Trust
Working to restore biodiversity in the Hauraki Gulf and specifically towards the establishment of a new marine reserve on the northern coast of Waiheke Island.
Alex Stone 021 917777 email
Goodwin-Te Haahi Reserve (Orapiu Road, Te Matuku)
Weed and pest control.
Lincoln Jackson (Ranger) 372 3102 email
Hauraki Gulf Conservation Trust
Runs and supports projects around the Hauraki Gulf that protect and conserve the natural environment.
Kaitiaki of Newton Reserve
Meets second Sunday of every month (except January) for weeding, planting and pest control.
Jules Pattison 3583111 email
Mountain Bike Club – Onetangi Sports Park and Tawaipareira Reserve
Weed work and track development.
Vaughan Lowe email
Onetangi Beach Care Group
Dune planting 1 x per year
Craig Balme 372 9526 021 780 522 email
Orapiu Neighbourhood Group
Weed and pest control of the Hunterville Road Walkway and Neil Avenue Reserve.
Sharon Adrichem 372 2695 0212133269 email
Palm Beach Care Group
Dune planting and weeding
Margaret Peacocke 372 2400 email
Rangihoua Houseboat Community
Rangihoua pest control
Daphne Mitten email
Rotoroa Island Charitable Trust
Organised volunteer days - great for both individuals and families (beach cleanup, weeding, mulching, pest control).
Angela Bishop 0274513936 email
Waiheke High School – green team
Phone 372 8938 for more information
Waiheke Weedfree Trust
A not-for -profut Trust formed to protect the environment by controlling invasive and noxious pest plants with the aim of making control services affordable and available to a range of people and organisations.
Nona (Field Supervisor) 027 665 8764 email
Whakanewha Regional Park
Weed management and pest control.
Jonah Kitto-Verhoef (Conservation Park Ranger) 372 5647 027 4519 951 email
WASTE & RECYCLING
Education about plastics, sewing cloth bags to replace single use plastic bags, change of practice.
Deb Lyttle, Sarah Silverstar 021 1057659 email, Stephanie Bennett.
Cycle Action Waiheke
Advocacy for cyclists - safety and ecotourism.
Tony King-Turner 027 4976247 email, Tom Ransom
Artworks Community Theatre
Always looking for volunteers for - Front of House, ticket sales, administration, working bees, social media & community engagement. We 'pay' our volunteers in a drink at the bar where we can too!
Kashmir 09 372 2941 email
CSA (Community Supported Agriculture)
Jennifer Fountain 0276725805 email, Brian Griffiths 372 7662
Waiheke GROW Community Gardens
Waiheke has community gardens in Blackpool, Surfdale, Ostend and Onetangi GrOW (Grow our Own on Waiheke) welcomes volunteers and have many ways of contributing, including helping with planting, weeding, teaching free workshops and manning the GrOW table at the Ostend Market every Saturday.
Robin Griffiths 372 7662 email
Blackpool Garden, Old Blackpool School, Rata St.
Meets first Sunday of every month 10-12
Sally Lumsdun & Graeme Johnson 372 6211 027 3589004 email, Tina Sailor 021 02697780
Food Forest Initiative, behind Old Surfdale Post Office
Sustainable self-perpetuating food garden.
James Samuel 372 8737 021 2520653 email
Home Grown Waiheke
Encourages and supports home growing of vegetables with loans, working bees and mentoring.
Charlotte Parkes 372 7367 021 1194689 email
Onetangi Commmunity Garden
Supplies the GROW table at the market each Saturday
Brian and Robin Griffiths 372 7662 email
Piritahi Marae Kumara Gardens
Eugene 372 9093
Seed Savers Waiheke
Fiona Baker 372 3393 email
Trig Hill Garden, Onetangi
Jennifer Fountain email
OTHER GULF ISLANDS
Little Barrier Island (Hauturu) volunteer opportunities
Find out more about the volunteer opportunities on Little Barrier Island (Hauturu), which include bird and reptile monitoring, weed control and general maintenance.
Kawau Island volunteer programme
Volunteers on Kawau Island help with upkeep of the historic Mansion House and its gardens, and help maintain tracks, signs and buildings in the Kawau Island Historic Reserve.
Motuihe project volunteers
The Motuihe Project requires volunteers year round to help with restoration activities on this pest-free Hauraki Gulf conservation island.
Motuora Island volunteer programme
Throughout the year volunteers are needed to help with an extensive revegetation project on pest-free Motuora Island.
Motutapu restoration project volunteers
Learn more about how you can be involved with the Motutapu Restoration Project.
Tiritiri Matangi Island volunteers
Volunteers are needed to help maintain the pest-free wildlife sanctuary on Tiritiri Matangi Island.
Rangitoto historic bach restoration project volunteers
The Rangitoto Island Historic Conservation Trust is looking for volunteers to help restore several baches on the island.