About the WRT

The WRT is all about creating a great place to live.

The Waiheke Resources Trust

The WRT is all about creating a great place to live. We do lots of different things to reach that goal including education and events and there are lots of different issues that we think are important: water, waste, food resilience, biodiversity, energy and transport.

The concept that underpins our work is the importance of a healthy and thriving environment. Such an environment allows a community to flourish, and within that community a strong economy can exist.

We work to celebrate and protect all the resources we have already, and build capacity and knowledge in the community toward the creation of a resource-full future for all.

The WRT is a NZ  Registered Charity since 30 June 2008. Registration number CC34108.

What We Do

There’s no shortage of work that needs to be done to improve the environment both locally in the Hauraki Gulf but also nationally and internationally.

We have chosen to work towards sustainability for Waiheke Island with the aim of showcasing Waiheke as a sustainable community in action. We work with individuals, households, businesses, schools and community groups by providing information and practical advice in a number of core areas:

The Waiheke Resources Trust delivers projects with the aim to build a resilient and sustainable community with a focus on conservation, waste, water, transport and lots more.

Here are just some of our projects that can help us all walk more lightly on this planet:

Kai Conscious - Food Waste Reduction Project

Compost Collective - Reducing waste to landfill and building healthy soils though at home composting & community garden support

Zero Waste Events - Supporting Waiheke's hospitality and events industry to reduce their environmental impact

Love Our Wetlands Waiheke - Restoring our rich natural resources, our wetlands

Project Little Oneroa - Working together to reduce the pollution in the Little Oneroa Stream

Beach Ambassadors - Sharing local knowledge and waste education to visitors on our beaches during the busy summer season.

Our Approach

We take a glass-half full approach to our work - looking for what we've got to build with, what our community assets are and what needs to be done in the community. Our vision and our objectives help guide our work.

Our Vision

Sustainability: Our way of life.

It’s a simple statement, but it carries a lot of important concepts in it. We believe Waiheke has the potential to be a true model of environmentally sustainable community, where living sustainably is the norm.

We use the World Commission on Environment and Development (The Brundtland Report) definition of sustainability:

“…meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”.

Our objectives – the formal stuff!

The Waiheke Resources Trust aims to educate and inform the community as well as visitors and local businesses on sustainable practice.

The purposes of the Waiheke Resources Trust are to:

  • Undertake projects, and programmes which maximise sustainable practice on Waiheke
  • Provide the Waiheke community with information and education to make ethical, effective and powerful decisions in respect of sustainability
  • Undertake and generate community development initiatives on Waiheke for the benefit of people and our environment
  • Provide training and assist people on Waiheke to gain knowledge and skills in sustainable practice
  • Develop a model for small communities in sustainable practice
  • Promote sustainability networks
  • Undertake and support study and research in sustainability and, where appropriate, to publish the results


Thank you to our generous funders, sponsors and people just like you for supporting our project and our vision for a sustainable future.