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)
Other projects we support include the restoration of native bush at QEII Park, the development of Pharazyn Reserve, Pauatahanui 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.
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.
We work on Thursdays 9 am to midday. Contact John McLachlan 04-904-0027
We work on Tuesdays from 9am to midday. Contact Phil Palmer, 04-298-2952
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