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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 QEII Park, the development of Pharazyn ReservePauatahanui Reserve, Mana Island restoration and development of ecological corridors linking Kapiti Island to the Tararua ranges.


Branch meetings are held on the fourth Wednesday of the month from March to November. All are welcome.

Kapiti Mana Issues

The major issues facing Kapiti-Mana are the loss of habitat due to rapid development of the Kapiti Coast, the protection of existing wetlands and remnant bush including the largest stands of Kohekohe trees in New Zealand, and the development of eco-corridors connecting Kapiti Island to the mountains.

Get involved

We welcome the involvement of people of all ages and backgrounds. This can be from an hour each month delivering newsletters etc to fund raising efforts, or regular working bees on our active projects. For the younger ones we have an active Kiwi Conservation Club with 150 members. An interesting programme of outings is offered.

Volunteering Opportunities

Kaitawa Reserve

We work on Thursdays 9 am to midday.  Contact John McLachlan 04-904-0027

Greendale Reserve

We work on Tuesdays from 9am to midday. Contact Phil Palmer, 04-298-2952

Pharazyn Reserve

An opportunity exists for the formation of a “Friends of the Pharazyn Reserve” group to assist with planting, weed control and general development, organised along the same lines as other local Friends Groups, such as those of the Waikanae River and the Waikanae Lagoons.

For further information on involvement in this project,, contact Jocelyn Prvanov 293 2677, or Maurice Andrews 293 3550

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