Caring for our environment

Learn about the groups in Kuaotunu working tirelessly on conservation, restoration and predator control projects.

When the late Cliff Heraud suggested it would be a good idea to plant kauri to celebrate the new millennium, no-one could have foreseen that nearly 20 years later Kauri 2000 would still be growing strong.

There are now more than 50,000 kauri planted around the Coromandel Peninsula, 18,995 of which are right here in Kuaotunu, the home of Kauri 2000. 

  07 866 0468

The Kuaotunu Bird Rescue Trust cares for a wide range of sick and injured wild birds that members of the public from all over the Coromandel Peninsula bring in for assistance.

From humble beginnings 20 years ago, the Trust now cares for between 250 and 300 birds a year. Kuaotunu locals have provided not only financial support but also gifts of food and supplies and help with feeding, cleaning etc.

Annemieke Kregting
  07 869 5695 | 027 600 6959

Project Kiwi Trust is a kiwi conservation project operating on the Kuaotunu Peninsula.  Project Kiwi was the first community based project in New Zealand to protect kiwi and has sustained its effort for 21 years. 

The Trust currently uses a combination of pest and predator management, servicing over 550 traps 12 times a year as well as utilising the Operation Nest Egg programme to achieve its primary objective of protecting and enhancing the kiwi population on the Kuaotunu Peninsula.

Paula Williams
  021 382 900

An aerial view of the Matarangi Scenic Reserve (bordering Rings Beach) showing the walking tracks
Rings Beach Wetland Group Inc

Started by the late Bruce Smith in 2008, the Matarangi Bluff Scenic Reserve now boasts a 4.7km walking track that has grown into an incredibly popular destination for walkers and runners. It has also become a safe haven for native birds including kiwi and the critically endangered fernbird.

The Rings Beach Wetland Group is a dedicated group of volunteers who work together in this 270 hectare reserve to develop and maintain the tracks, plant native trees, remove wilding pines and trap for predators.

Kauri 2000 has planted some 17,300 Kauri trees in the reserve to date.

Carrie Parker
  07 867 1299

Pitoone East West Trapping
Pitoone East West Trapping

A project exists to assist and augment those already trapping for pests, and those who would like to do so, on lifestyle blocks in the area from the Rings Beach reserve to the Kuaotunu river.

Landowners can be supplied with traps for rats, stoats and possums. There is a requirement for the landowner to regularly check and maintain the lines and report the results to a central database.

Dave FitzGerald 
021 174 0721

The Otama Reserves Group (ORG) is an environmental community group that has a working agreement with the DOC covering the five reserves in the Otama catchment area (two wetland reserves, the dune system, the main domain, and the road side reserves).

Our mission is to protect, preserve, respect and restore these reserves, and to do this we carry out pest and weed control on the reserves. We rely on community involvement, community funding applications and donations to carry out these activities. There are approximately 100 predator traps in place in and around the reserves. 

The reserves have a wide range of high value environmental biodiversity, and areas of historical significance. Our focus is on water quality and the connectivity of these reserves.

Kuaotunu Anti-Mining Action Group
Kuaotunu Anti-Mining Action Group

Established in the 1980's, KAMAG members were at the forefront of a momentous endeavour to prevent mining in the Kuaotunu area and to ultimately seek the protection of the wider Coromandel Peninsula from destructive and toxic industrial mining.

A new Exploration Licence has been granted over the area that includes Whitianga, Opito, Kuaotunu and Whangapoua. Fortunately our community remains committed to protecting Kuaotunu and its neighbouring sister settlements.

Kuaotunu Environmental Action
Kuaotunu Environmental Action

KEA is a Ngāti Tamaterā hapū-led community organisation. We maintain and promote poison-free lands and achieve biodiversity balance by trapping and hunting.

KEA's kaupapa is ngā rongoā māori o te whenua paitini kore rawa atu!

Kaitiaki whenua Victor McLean
  07 866 4048