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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.


The next meeting will be held at 7.30 pm Wednesday 23 October 2019 in the Library Meeting Room, Iver Trask Place, Paraparaumu.        

Philippa Crisp will speak on Forest types of Kapiti, and the Wellington region.                                                     

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

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 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

Branch Secretary

Irene Thomas - 

Newsletter Editor

Russell Bell has kindly agreed to act as temporary newsletter editor.  If you are keen to help with this job in any way, please contact us.

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