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Volunteer in our parks

Kimi mahi tūao i ō tātou papa rēhia

We recognise and value the contribution of volunteers helping in our parks. You can volunteer for one-off days to regular volunteering. We support volunteers to carry out ecological work through the guidance of park rangers.

Friends of Parks

A number of our parks have groups of supporters who care for those individual parks.

Visit the Nature Space website to find a group near you or call us on 09 301 0101 and ask for your local park community ranger.

For volunteering opportunities with Friends of Regional Parks groups, see Volunteering in regional parks.

The Tawharanui Open Sanctuary Society Inc (TOSSI)

Tawharanui Open Sanctuary at the Tawharanui Regional Park integrates the conservation of native species, farming, and public recreation. This allows visitors to get in touch with nature.

The Tawharanui Open Sanctuary Society Inc (TOSSI) works on developing the open sanctuary through fundraising and volunteer work.

TOSSI has a monthly work day on Sundays. Check the TOSSI website for the date.
To join TOSSI or make a donation, see the TOSSI website or email Open Sanctuary.

Shakespear Open Sanctuary Society Inc (SOSSI)

SOSSI aims to make Shakespear Open Sanctuary at the Shakespear Regional Park an open and accessible wildlife sanctuary that:

  • integrates public recreation, conservation and farming
  • provides an environment for native bird species to repopulate the Whangaparaoa peninsula.

SOSSI has a monthly work day on Sundays. Check the SOSSI website for the date.

To join SOSSI or make a donation, see the SOSSI website or email SOSSI. For updates, check the SOSSI Facebook page.

Corporate and community groups

We welcome corporate and community groups to our volunteer programmes. Volunteering in parks is great for team building.

To find a local group or site that needs help with planting, call us on 09 301 0101 and ask to speak to your local park community ranger.

For volunteering opportunities in regional parks, contact us on 09 301 0101 and ask for the appropriate regional park office.

Planting days

Planting days are a great opportunity to meet other people in your community and make a difference.
We plant to protect the things that belong in the parks:

  • native plants
  • birds
  • fish and insects and their support systems and food supplies - forest, streams, wetlands, sea.

Planting days are usually held in the late autumn and winter months.

To find a local group or site that needs help with planting, call us on 09 301 0101 and ask to speak to your local park community ranger.

For volunteer planting days in regional parks, contact us on 09 301 0101 and ask for the appropriate regional park office.

Plant a tree for your child

Celebrate the birth of your child by planting a tree in the Papakura Children's Forest.

Every June, you can plant a tree in honour of your child. Registration is mandatory and closes a week before planting.

Contact us for more information.

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