Environmental Groups

All of the organisations below rely on Kuaotunu residents volunteering their own time in order to serve their community. 


Little Blue Penguin at Kuaotunu Bird Rescue

Kuaotunu Bird Rescue

Kuaotunu Bird Rescue started in 2005 when someone brought an injured duckling to Annemieke Kregting.

As a veterinary nurse all of her working life, originally trained in Holland, Annemieke was the ideal person for this job. Since 2005 she has continued to help, on a purely voluntary basis, to rehabilitate a huge number of wild birds that have been orphaned, injured or attacked.

The aim of any Bird Rescue operation is to be able to release birds into the wild again, once they have regained their health. While this is not always possible, they are given the best possible chance of survival at Kuaotunu Bird Rescue.

How You Can Help

  • Money is most useful as KBR can then buy or pay for what is needed at any given time such as medication, vet treatment, special feed etc. Their account number is 06 0457 0736392 31.
  • Donations of fresh or frozen pilchards are welcome at any time. In springtime donations of cat food sachets and tins of baby food are also very welcome.
  • Offer to assist with feeding of baby birds, or cleaning of the hospital facilities.

: Annemieke Kregting 07 869 5695 
FacebookFacebook page
Website: www.kuaotunubirdrescue.org.nz

Kiwi bird

Project Kiwi Trust

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.

How You Can Help

  • Donate or partner with the Project Kiwi Trust.
  • Become a volunteer kiwi courier - deliver eggs or chicks to Kiwi Encounter at Rainbow Springs in Rotorua.
  • Service a trap line.
  • Follow us on Facebook to know about other opportunities to support the Trust on a seasonal basis.

: Paula Williams
Phone: 021 382 900
Email: hello@projectkiwi.org.nz
FacebookFacebook page
: www.projectkiwi.org.nz 

Logo of KEA (Kuaotunu Environmental Action)


Kuaotunu Environmental Action (KEA)

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!

Contact: Kaitiaki whenua Victor McLean
Phone: 07 866 4048


Rings Beach Wetland Reserve

Rings Beach Wetland Reserve Group

Started by the late Bruce Smith in 2008, this track 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.

A dedicated group of volunteers work together to develop and maintain the tracks, plant native trees, remove wilding pines and trap for predators.

How You Can Help

  • Assist with tree planting and track maintenance.
  • Service a trap line.
  • Donate money towards the removal of pine trees.

: Carrie Parker
Phone: 07 867 1299
Email: carrie-charlie@xtra.co.nz
Web:  Listing on Department of Conservation website

Logo of KAMAG (Kuaotunu Anti-Mining Action Group)

Kuaotunu Anti-Mining Action Group (KAMAG)

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. We need to remain vigilant to refuse any approaches by mining companies, so if you want to help us keep Kuaotunu free from mining, contact us today.

Email: kamag2012@gmail.com

Waitaia Reserve Millennium Plantings

Kauri trees planted in 2000 at the Waitaia Reserve

Kauri 2000

Plant a kauri - recreate a forest!

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, in the Matarangi Reserve, the Waitaia and on the Black Jack. Thanks to all you wonderful volunteers, Mercury Bay Area School, and our sponsors the BNZ!

How You Can Help

  • Come planting – our main plantings take place in June every year and everyone is welcome.
  • Make a donation – every $20 helps us to prepare the site, plant a kauri, and manage it until the tree is tall enough to fend for itself.
  • Join our merry crew – we’re always keen to see new people willing to help grow our organisation.

And last but definitely not least:

  • What you do matters. When using local walking tracks, help stop the spread of kauri dieback by cleaning your gear before and after every visit, using hygiene stations entering and exiting tracks, staying on formed tracks and off kauri roots, and keeping dogs on leads. Kauri are worth it!

: 07 866 0468
Facebook: Facebook Page

Logo of KAMAG (Kuaotunu Anti-Mining Action Group)

Otama Reserves Group

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.  

Website: www.otama.org.nz


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