Ngā Manu Nature Reserve vision is to inspire commitment to the natural world, and is a remarkable place where volunteers play an essential role in kaitiakitanga, conserving and preserving native fauna and flora.
These amazing volunteers are dedicated to the kaitiakitanga of Ngā Manu, connecting people with nature through education, conservation and guardianship. They have been contributing their time and effort to the reserve since it was established in 1981, demonstrating unwavering commitment to the kaupapa of Ngā Manu to preserve and enhance native forests so that their inhabitants can flourish.
Some of our longest serving tangata (people) who have volunteered in varies capacities for over 10 years are Pam Manning, Frank and Marg Brooker, Judy Childs, Tony Ward, Eric Spicer and John Lewin, and Ngā Manu could not do what we do without our volunteer vet Andrea Wilson who has been here for over 20 years. We now have over 70 volunteers at Ngā Manu Nature Reserve, and they are truly remarkable individuals. Last year alone they collectively worked over 1,184 days. They come from all types of different working backgrounds, but they share a common passion to angitūtanga, to see Ngā Manu flourish.