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Kapiti Island in the distance
North Island

The Kapiti-Mana Branch covers an area west of the Tararua ranges from Porirua to Peka Peka and includes Paekakariki, which was home to Captain Val Sanderson, founder of the New Zealand Native Bird Protection Society (which later became Forest & Bird)


Local Projects


Our three major restoration projects are at Kaitawa Reserve, the Waikanae river corridor and Greendale Reserve. Their success can be seen by a large increase in bird activity in all three.

Other projects we support include the restoration of native bush at Queen Elizabeth Park, Raumati; the development of Pharazyn ReservePauatahanui Reserve, Mana Island restoration and development of eco-corridors linking Kapiti Island to the Tararua ranges.


Our Annual General meeting is scheduled
ON - Wednesday 22 July 2020
TIME - 7:30pm until about 9.00pm
AT - Waikanae Presbyterian Church Hall
54 Ngaio Road, Waikanae (map link)

We are looking for a new Chair, new Secretary and new committee members. Help! we need you... get in touch for more information on the roles.

Immediately following the AGM, our guest speaker will be Matu Booth who will update us on amazing changes at Nga Manu Nature Reserve

We're also having a rethink about how we meet, so please answer our short survey:

Branch meetings are currently held on the fourth Wednesday of the month from February to November, at 7:30pm.
Our meeting location alternates between Waikanae   (Presbyterian Church Hall, 43 Ngaio Road) and Paraparaumu (Library Meeting Room, 9 Iver Trask Place).

All are welcome to attend.

Kapiti Mana Opportunities

The major opportunity facing Kapiti-Mana is the protection of habitats (forests and wetlands) and the connections between habitats (eco-corridorsas land that was farmland is converted to residential. Examples are the land alongside Taupo Swamp, and around Nga Manu. Another opportunity is the sensible use of what was Perkins Farm near Paekakariki. And finally stopping the farming of peatlands in Queen Elizabeth Park. They need to be re-flooded to stop their substantial carbon emissions and then restored as wetlands.
There are so many fantastic forests and wetlands in Kapiti and Mana that you could find one close to where you live.


Get involved

We welcome the involvement of people of all ages and backgrounds. This can take many forms from helping on the committee or at meetings, lobbying for changes to support our environment, fund raising or participating in working bees.

For the younger ones we have an active Kiwi Conservation Club with 150 members. An interesting programme of outings is offered.

There's also now Forest & Bird Youth, and there's a Wellington hub for 14-25s to join

Volunteering Opportunities

We love volunteers, and there are lots of opportunities to volunteer.
Visit our Volunteers page for more information.

Branch Secretary

Irene Thomas - 

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