Looking at ways to give back to the community and environment on Aotea?

There are many ways you can get involved to have a regenerative effect on Aotea. Either through donating, volunteering or simply haring the island’s story.

There are many environmental projects that you can donate to or lend a hand as a volunteer on.

Plus, many of the island’s core services are also community led and run my charitable trusts, including our family support group (equivalent of social services), correspondence school – ‘The Hub’, local off the grid radio station- Aotea FM, art gallery… to name a few. 

Discover the list of organisations below and the work they do across the motu:

Oruawharo Medlands Ecovision

Oruawharo Medlands Ecovision (OME) is a local community group with an environmental focus, based in Oruawharo Bay on Aotea / Great Barrier Island. We are a group of enthusiastic and passionate locals who think we have a lot to protect here in our neighbourhood, from pāteke/brown teal, matuku hūrepo/australasian bittern and mātātā/fern bird in the wetland and New Zealand dotterels on the beach and dunes to niho taniwha/chevron skinks along the creeks further inland. This is indeed a special piece of Aotea, you just have to stop and take notice!

Aotea Great Barrier Island Environmental Trust

“Our mission is to protect native species through the eradication of rats and feral cats, to re-introduce species lost to the island, and to work towards building an ecology-based economy for Aotea Great Barrier.  Our vision is to bring kōkako back to Aotea”

Glenfern Sanctuary

“Our mission is to protect native species through the eradication of rats and feral cats, to re-introduce species lost to the island, and to work towards building an ecology-based economy for Aotea Great Barrier.  Our vision is to bring kōkako back to Aotea”

Windy Hill Sanctuary

Aotea Family Support Group

Aotea FM

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