Volunteering opportunities in the Waikato

Volunteering opportunities in the Waikato

Environmental volunteering opportunities in the Waikato.

Perhaps you are required to undertake some volunteer work for your local school or an organisation, or perhaps you’ve recently moved and would like to get to know local people in a way that supports the environment also. Or you just might be looking for a one off opportunity to lend a hand. Sometimes it’s difficult to know where to go to find local environmental opportunities. We have compiled a list of a number of environmental groups that have regular working bees in Hamilton and the surrounding area who are always looking for volunteers. Hopefully there is something that suits you in the list below.

One off planting days:
• Waiwhakareke Natural Heritage Park Annual planting day usually coincides with Arbor Day. More info about last year’s event here: https://www.hamilton.govt.nz/our-city/parks/parksandgardens/waiwhakareke/Pages/Arbor-Day-at-Waiwhakareke.aspx

On-going opportunities - Waikato Wide:
• Department of Conservation supports a number of groups working on public land where volunteers are always welcome: https://www.doc.govt.nz/get-involved/volunteer/groups/waikato/

• Waikato Weedbusting Squad are making a difference in terms of restoring indigenous biodiversity through weed control, mostly on private land, and always welcomes new members: https://www.weedbusters.org.nz/get-involved/weedbusters-near-you/waikato/

• Waikato Biodiversity Forum is a partnership between research and management agencies, iwi groups, private landowners, communities and projects in relation to native biodiversity in the Waikato region, and you can find a large number of community projects seeking volunteers on their website here: https://www.waikatobiodiversity.org.nz/community-group-projects/

Hamilton opportunities:
• Seeley Gully Friends welcome volunteers for regular working bees and planting days: http://www.thegreenspace.co.nz/seeleygully/

• Miropiko Reserve Caregroup is a small community group who meet monthly on the last Sunday of the month from 10am to 12pm in Hamilton. https://www.naturespace.org.nz/groups/miropiko-reserve-caregroup

• Friends of Waiwhakareke hold regular working bees, near the zoo: https://www.facebook.com/waiwhakarekenaturalheritagepark/

• Riverlea Environment Society Inc (RESI) hold different ecological restoration activities including planting and weeding for up to two hours on Thursday and Saturday mornings: https://www.resi.org.nz/get-involved/

• Kaivolution – a food rescue service run by volunteers out of Go Eco who always welcome volunteers for two hour shifts during the morning or afternoon to sort food for redistribution: https://www.goeco.org.nz/page/connect/

Not far from Hamilton:

• Friends of Barrett Bush hold regular working bees each month to undertake weeding, planting and animal pest control within a remnant kahikatea stand on the edge of Hamilton: https://www.doc.govt.nz/get-involved/volunteer/groups/waikato/

• Rotopiko Lakes Complex – between Ohaupo and Te Awamutu on SH3. Three peat lakes, one of which has a predator proof fence around it, and the other two an established volunteer trapping programme. Volunteer opportunities include both inside the fence through the National Wetland Trust: : https://www.wetlandtrust.org.nz/get-involved/volunteer/volunteers-application-form/ and outside the fence with the NZ Landcare Trust: https://www.landcare.org.nz/current-project-item/rotopiko-community-pest-control-project

• Pirongia Restoration Society has lots of volunteer opportunities and will put you on an email list so you are notified of fieldwork in your area of interest: https://www.mtpirongia.org.nz/join-us

• Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari have many different areas where volunteers work, giving a broad range of appeal to different interests and skill sets: https://www.sanctuarymountain.co.nz/volunteer

• Karioi Project – working near Raglan to restore biodiversity from the mountain to the sea. Various opportunities to volunteer: https://www.karioiproject.co.nz/get-involved

• Te Pahu Landcare group hold monthly weeding events along the Nikau Walkway and the Kaniwhaniwha Reserve, as well as an annual planting day: https://www.tepahu.co.nz/home/community/te-pahu-landcare-2/

Further afield:
• Harker Reserve Committee, Onewhero looked after by local volunteers: https://www.onewhero.co.nz/listings/harker-reserve-committee/

• Turua Bush Reserve in the Hauraki District: https://www.naturespace.org.nz/groups/turua-bush-reserve

Disclaimer, this is current at the time of writing (11th March 2020), please use the contact form https://www.landcare.org.nz/contact if you would like your group added to this page or for any amendments. Thank you.

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