North Shore Forest & Bird

How can you help out?

We are always looking for ways to involve people in the care and preservation of our North Shore environment. Helping out is not only interesting and rewarding but it is also satisfying to know that you are making a difference. As a volunteer you meet people of all ages, develop skills and find new friendships. Below are a number of ways that you can be involved.

New Members

If you have recently joined our branch and would like volunteer in some way we would appreciate hearing from you. The attached questionaire lists a wide range of activities that we undertake and there is opportunity to be involved in any of these that may be of interest e.g. planting/weeding at our Tuff Crater restoration project, joining one of our monthly trips or attending our monthly meeting with interesting guest speakers.  

New Member Questionnaire

Help with the Tuff Crater Restoration Project

 Volunteer Planting Day July 2012 photo: Philip Moll

Tuff Crater is our main restoration project. We hold regular work days once a month on weekends and each Thursday morning. Work involves planting in season and removing invasive weeds such as moth plant, wattle seedlings, privet, elaeagnus, pampas grass and many others. Full instruction on what to do and how to recognise weeds will be given. This is a great opportunity to be involved with other like minded volunteers and learn more about our native flora and fauna. Don't feel you have to be super-fit - we can accomodate all levels of fitness. For further information see Tuff Crater Restoration or the Events Calendar for times. For more information or if you are a group who want to help out please email Anne Denny

Become a predator control bait line volunteer or coordinator

We are building a predator control network around Shoal Bay. Currently we have a team working on Tuff Crater with a wonderful volunteer coordinator Christine Major. Each volunteer looks after about 10 rat bait stations, visiting them regularly to top up bait and to record bait take. Some are looking after rat, possum and stoat traps. Christine also does monitoring every 4 months. We would like to extend this predator control to cover more of the Western side of the motorway near Tuff Crater. If you live near the Onewa Rd, AUT area  and are interested in becoming a predator control champion please contact us.

A predator control project is also underway on the Northern and Eastern sides of Shoal Bay and this includes Forest and Bird volunteers (The Ratpack) and other members of the local community. See the Devonport-Takapuna North West Wildlink pamplet here for more information. 

Buy our calendars and diaries

The sale of Forest and Bird calendars and diaries is our main source of funds to run the branch. These are for sale from August to December each year. Download a flyer with picture of the calendar and diary plus the order form. If you are interested in helping with the sales and marketing process please contact Elaine Conway

Be our new Treasurer?

We need a new treasurer from May 2017. Book keeping skills and electronic banking skills necessary (ASB). There is a possibility now of using head office to collate our annual accounts so this is not a requirement. Ideally you would join our committee and attend most monthly meetings.  If this sounds like you please contact us.

Help with Resource Management Act Advocacy

We have a team working on RMA issues. Our team could use an expert in town planning and a stormwater expert. These people would advise our RMA representative.  Someone who would like to learn about the RMA and assist our legal expert would be most welcome as well. 

Help at our monthly branch meetings

There is always something you can do to help in a small way with our monthly meetings which are held on the 1st Monday of each month in Takapuna eg  IT set up, help with supper etc. 

Help with our community promotions

From time to time, our membership person, Helene Willis, sets up a stall at local community events to promote Forest & Bird. If you are a people person, enthusiastic about F&B and free on occasional weekends, please contact Helene on 480 885 or

Sign up for Habitat and Habitat Extra by email

By receiving our branch newsletters by email, we save on printing costs, we save paper and you get  full colour email newsletters. To do this please email and ask to receive newsletters by email.


We can always use more funds to help carry out our conservation work and advocacy work. Donations are tax deductible. 

To donate specifically to the North Shore Branch please

1. send a cheque with all your contact information to our branch PO BOx 33 873 Takapuna 0740

2. pay by direct credit and email us for a receipt. For account details click Donate by Direct Credit on line

Please also consider a bequest to the branch or to the national organisation in your will. Contact us about this in confidence.

Help build our membership

Add "Join Forest & Bird at www." to your email signature

Grab some "Join Us" brochures and cajole your friends to sign up

Contact Us

If you are interested in assisting in any way please contact us at 

We are very grateful for the following sponsors

Katie Catchpole: who collates our printed newsletter Habitat.

Print Advisor:  Garry Browne at Print Advisor arranges no cost or discounted printing - Thankyou!! Please support Garry if you have any printing needs.

Kale Print: We are very grateful to Kale Print who print Habitat three times per year. 

Foundation North:  (Previously ASB Community Trust) Thankyou for the generous operational grants for our Tuff Crater Restoration project.

Lion Foundation: Funding grant for Tuff Crater Restoration project track upgrade.

Kaipatiki Local Board: Funding grants for Tuff Crater Track upgrade and a new seat in 2014.

Bunnings: A team from Bunnings supplied the materials and all the labour to paint our storage container at Tuff Crater.  They have also supplied tools for the Tuff Crater project.

North Harbour Rotary: for practical assistance with planning issues and hands on help at Tuff Crater. They also sponsored a new seat at Tuff Crater in 2014.

Glenfield Northcote Rotary: for a new seat at Tuff Crater 2015

Auckland Council Environmental Initiatives Fund: for funding for Tuff Crater weed control and planting

Auckland Council Parks Department: for plants and equipment and bait for the Tuff Crater restoration project

Takana Plant Nursery: for supplying large native trees to the Tuff Crater Project.

Omni gloves: for gloves for volunteers