Volunteer

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has" - Margaret Mead

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?

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ENVIRONMENTAL VOLUNTEERISM

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.

CONSERVATION

Awaawaroa Wetland
Hand weeding
Rob Morton & Hanne Sorenson  372 6586  email

Atawhai Whenua Reserve (Forest & Bird, Matiatia)
Weed control.
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

Love our Wetlands Waiheke
Wetland restoration - Community, school, group & corporate volunteering.
Kristin Busher  372 2915  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 Island Wetland Initiative (WIWI)
Weed management & restoration of wetlands 
Tony King Turner  372 7821  027 497 6247  email, Jacqueline Joseph email

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

BYO Bags
Education about plastics, sewing cloth bags to replace single use plastic bags, change of practice.
Deb Lyttle, Sarah Silverstar  021 1057659  email, Stephanie Bennett.

Waiheke Resources Trust
Zero Waste events.
Carys Templer  372 2915  email

TRANSPORT

Cycle Action Waiheke
Advocacy for cyclists - safety and ecotourism.
Tony King-Turner  027 4976247  email, Tom Ransom

EVENTS

Headland Sculpture on the Gulf
Walking guides and ambassadors. 
email

Waiheke Walking Festival
Walking guides and ambassadors.
Ian Burrows  372 2720,  Denise Whitfield 372 7797  email

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

Waiheke Community Cinema
372 4240  email

FOOD PRODUCTION

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

Ostend Garden - Putiki Rd
Val Larkin  372 6479  email, Ann Newnham  372 6602  email,  Prashanti  372 5849

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.