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Kōkako. Credit: Tara Swan

North Island

Our branch is lucky to be situated beside the wonderful Waitākere Ranges in West Auckland.

Walks and Talks

We have evening talks on the third Thursday of each month from February until November.

Events programme

We welcome volunteers with a range of skills or hobbies.

Whether you're interested in walking, lobbying, enjoying our forest and birds, or writing emails to members, we have an opportunity for everyone to get involved.

The more members and volunteers we have the more we can accomplish.  

KCC in Waitākere

Our Kiwi Conservation Club (KCC) is a great way to get kids outside to enjoy local nature-based trips, at least six a year on average, organised by our enthousiastic voluntary KCC coordinators. KCC new members receive a welcome pack on joining and receive the fun and educational Wild Things Magazine four times a year, as well as monthly email newsletters packed with activity ideas. Membership is a great present for your (grand) children at just $24 per year. School membership options available as well. 

Tai Haruru Lodge, Piha

Taiharuru Lodge, Auckland

Photo by J. Geux of Tai Haruru Lodge

Tai Haruru, meaning “the sound of the waves”, is a fitting name for our lodge in Piha, which sits only a few minutes' walk to Piha beach. 

The lodge is has a fully equipped kitchen, a lounge and diner and two bedrooms (one with double bed, one with three single beds) plus a daybed in the lounge, sleeping up to 6 people in total. Hire it with the adjacent Flat and add another 4 beds. Turn up the heat with a wood fire in the lounge to mark a wonderful end to a day’s walking in the winds of a wild west winter, or go for instant heat with the heat pump. The lodge is wheelchair accessible. Book with Jean and Peter King: (09) 812 8064. Additional details and booking information here

    Join our projects

    Forest & Bird Waitākere is a very active branch with passionate volunteers looking after the taiao (nature) in our area. You don't need to be an expert to volunteer and help our birds and our forests - trapping, baiting, weeding, planting, building, baking, writing submissions - there is something for everyone. Contact our chairperson Annalily for more information - or call her on 0210227136. 

    Our volunteers in Te Atatu Peninsula are looking after the traps to protect the birds in the Orangihina/Harbourview project, working with other local conservation groups to be the voice for nature in their patch. 

    Ark in the Park was started by volunteers from our Waitākere branch. 25 years later, it is a flagship national project with 2200 hectares of pest control done by volunteers in the Waitākere Ranges.

    Our branch also looks after the Colin Kerr-Taylor Memorial Reserve in Kumeu, and Matuku Reservein Waitākere. Both are currently closed for visitors due to the spread of kauri dieback, however our volunteers continue pest control to protect the birds. 

    Committee members

    Annalily van den Broeke Chairperson
    Chris Bindon Tai Haruru and outreach
    Raewyn Michael Harbourview/Orangihina Project
    John Staniland Matuku Reserve
    John Sumich Ark in the Park and Habitat Te Henga
    Liz Anstey Communications
    Janette Fawcett Harbourview/Orangihina and outreach
    Dave Allen Health & Safety and Kaipara branch connection

    The committee was elected at the AGM in March 2022 for one year. The draft minutes can be downloaded here the financial report here and the full presentation here. If you're interested to learn more, please contact the chair, details below. 

    Our Forest & Bird 2024 Calendars and Diaries have sold out!

    Diary 2024

    A great gift to send overseas or leave under the Christmas tree. Beautiful images on each page to enjoy year round. Your purchase supports our local conservation projects like Ark in the Park, Habitat te Henga and Matuku Reserve. The calendars are $18 each, diaries $24 each. Postage is depending on numbers ordered.

    Contact Waitakere Branch or download your order form. 

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