Wild for Taranaki is an umbrella group made up of a wide variety of organisations and agencies.To find out more about our members or interested in becoming a member, please contact us!

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The rohe of Taranaki Iwi extends along the coastal and mountain area between Ōuri and the Rāwa o Turi stream in the south and Ōnukutaipari in the north.Taranaki Iwi interests also extend inland to Te Whakangerengere on the northeastern flank of the mountain, up the Waipuku stream to Te Tahuna o Tūtawa (Warwicks Castle), over to Panitahi (Fanthoms Peak) and down to Mangoraukawa (Lake Dive) and the source of the Ōuri stream. It then follows the Ōuri stream water course towards the coast, with a deviation to the headwaters of the Rāwa o Turi stream to the boundary stone of Matirawhati at its mouth.

Te Kaahui o Rauru is the post-settlement governance entity for South Taranaki iwi Ngaa Rauru Kiitahi. Its vision is “Whakatipungia Ngaa Raurutanga: The revitalisation of Ngaa Raurutanga”.

No one farmer can respond to the mass of policy and issues we collectively face. That is Federated Farmers’ role and our mission is to take farming forward. We are a membership based organisation consisting of 24 provinces and employ professional staff who work for our member-farmers.

North Taranaki Forest & Bird own and care for for two reserves, Te Wairoa near Lepperton and Tom and Don’s Bush, near Okato. We run a programme of events (talks, walks, planting days, weeding) for adult members and have an active children’s group, Kiwi Conservation Club or KCC. We participate in planning where possible and make submissions on activities in the wider environment that may impact on our natural world both on a local and a national level.

South Taranaki Forest & Bird branch currently has over 110 members. We cover the area from Takiri (Central Taranaki) to Patea (South Taranaki), and care for a number of reserves in the South Taranaki area.

MAIN Trust NZ is a Charitable Trust which has developed online mapping systems for community use. We have worked with a number of groups with a wide range of interests and needs through the project life, from the initial planning stages to writing management plans, working on funding applications, and collecting and analysing data.

Biodiversity protection and enhancement is achieved through the Council’s strategic activities and regulatory responsibilities. The Councils role includes support and advocacy for good practice land management, managing the effects of subdivision and land use development, undertaking community engagement, managing public assets including Parks and Open Spaces, providing access to the natural environment through esplanades and walkways.

The objectives of the society are to promote awareness and interest in amphibians and reptiles and their conservation; encourage the study of New Zealand’s own species; encourage the captive keeping and breeding of New Zealand herpetofauna; and to supply information and support to members holding such exotic reptiles and amphibians as may be legally kept in New Zealand.

The Nga Motu Marine Reserve Society was formed in 1997 to promote the idea of a network of small reserves on the Taranaki coast. The society is made up of locals who are interested in the study and preservation of local coastal and marine areas. To date the society has successfully initiated the establishment of the Tapuae Marine Reserve and continues to survey and study the marine life of the Taranaki coast.

Queen Elizabeth II National Trust is an independent statutory organisation and a registered charity. Our core objective is to secure long-term protection of natural and cultural features on private land with covenants. We partner with landowners to achieve this objective, and act as the perpetual trustee to ensure the covenant remains protected forever.

We are a conservation based charitable trust, and very much community-led.  Our primary focus is to achieve the highest level of restoration, protection, and enhancement of the indigenous ecosystem at Rotokare Scenic Reserve (12km’s east of Eltham, Taranaki).

The Council’s purpose is to facilitate democratic local decision-making to promote the social, economic, environmental and cultural well-being of the District now and into the future. The South Taranaki District Council’s mission is to lead with fairness and integrity, and work to inspire a vibrant and caring spirit of community, while remaining an efficient and sensitive provider of services and facilities.

The councils mission is to serve the District and its communities through advocacy, promotion, services, facilities and positive leadership.

Taranaki Fish & Game is a not-for-profit public body with statutory responsibilities for managing, maintaining and enhancing the sports fish and gamebird resource in the recreational interests of anglers and hunters. They are a passionate advocate for the maintenance and enhancement of the quality and quantity of water in Taranaki’s lakes, streams and rivers and for the protection of the region’s remaining wetlands.

Taranaki Kiwi Trust is a charitable trust working across Taranaki to protect kiwi in the wild. Kiwi are New Zealand’s iconic national bird. Community involvement and engagement is an essential component for kiwi conservation, and this is a focus of the Taranaki Kiwi Trust (TKT). They work across public and private land to protect kiwi.

Parininihi consists of 2000 hectares of coastal to inland forest, stretching from the dramatic Whitecliffs inland to Mt Messenger.  This land was returned to Ngāti Tama as part of the treaty settlement with the Crown. Ngāti Tama, the northern most Iwi of the eight Taranaki Iwi, are tangata whenua and kaitiaki or guardians of Parininihi. These lands hold high cultural, historic and spiritual significance to Ngāti Tama.   The trust aims to restore and protect the values of Parininihi, by undertaking a major long-term ecological management project that includes pest control, species recovery and translocations.

Taranaki Regional Council support landowners to undertake pest management and biodiversity restoration on private land, through a number of large scale programmes.

We are the government agency charged with conserving New Zealand’s natural and historic heritage. Our vision is for New Zealand to be the greatest living space on Earth | Kāore he wāhi i tua atu i a Aotearoa, hei wahi noho i te ao. Our vision means ensuring that New Zealanders gain a wide range of benefits from healthy functioning ecosystems, recreation opportunities, and through living our history.

We provide a place for kiwi to thrive. Our project at Purangi, East Taranaki is a community initiative, involving the implementation of a suite of pest control and advocacy measures to promote conservation and sustainability in the Purangi / Matau and Pouiatoa catchments.

The Environmental Research Institute undertakes multi-disciplinary environmental research across a range of ecosystems to inform policy and practices that will support effective environmental outcomes.

The Taranaki Conservationists is a community group which enables and empowers Taranaki locals to support conservation activities through a social and fun approach. They collaborate with local community groups to promote their cause help organise events, and attract volunteers through our growing email list and social media presence. They also run the Dotterel Defenders citizen science project.

“The Huatoki Conservation Group focuses on the care and conservation of the native habitats in the Huatoki area; including the Huatoki Domain, Huatoki Scenic Reserve (‘Tupari’), Sheppard’s Bush/Budleigh Street Bush Reserve and the Huatoki Walkway.

They work in collaboration with the NPDC and also support Vogeltown School environmental education programmes. Their group also aims to help promote general community interest, education and an appreciation of the unique value of the native habitats of the area.

The Patea Planting Trust was formed in 2013 with a vision of reestablishing a ribbon on native habitat along the walkway beside the river, from the town bridge to the sea. An area that could have easily become a weedy wasteland is being restored to a healthy coastal habitat for native insects, birds and lizards. More than 4,000 seedlings have been planted so far.

Objectives are: 1. To undertake and encourage the study of birds & their habitats 2. to promote the recording of bird distribution and behaviour 3. to assist in conservation projects with emphasis on Taranaki, by providing information when able.

Amongst various areas across Massey University with interests in NZ’s natural environment, the Ecology Group in the Institute of Agriculture and Environment umbrellas many specialist researchers who are passionate about NZ’s natural environments and who teach into Massey’s Science qualifications.  Since its beginnings, in 1927, Massey University has been connecting with Taranaki and remains very interested in and committed to Taranaki interests.

Main goal is to preserve the Rapanui Grey-faced Petrel colony as a predator free sanctuary for the long term protection of the breeding colony and other indigenous species.

Peter Fryer

Ngati tara Oaonui Sandy Bay Society Incorporated

The area in Opunake at the end of Tai road locally called “Sandy Bay” is comprised of 35 hectares of coastal cliffs, foreshore and dune systems. Sandy Bay is a combination of private land, QEII covenant land, Oaonui Recreation Reserve and local Purpose Reserve.

The main aim of the society is to protect the natural, cultural and ecological values of the site; including restoration planting and predator control.  The second aim is to promote community engagement at Sandy Bay and encourage it to be used as an educational resource.

Since its founding in 1980, the Native Forest Restoration Trust has acquired land to promote the regeneration of forests, protect important species and restore their habitats, and to improve the quality of our waterways. It has purchased and protected well over 7,000 hectares of native forests and wetlands throughout New Zealand

The Trust work with the Taranaki Regional Council to care for the Pukeiti gardens – a unique temperent rainforest garden on the boundary of Egmont National Park.

The South Taranaki Dive and Underwater Club run the South Taranaki reef life project – which aims to discover and document the subtidal rocky reef communities found in the South Taranaki Bight. Initially focusing on one target reef (approx. 11km offshore and depth of approx. 23metres), a number of surveys will be conducted throughout the year allowing us to capture the ecological variance across seasons. A range of basic scientific methods will be employed by local community groups to survey the reef. It is hoped that this research effort will continue into the future and expand to incorporate additional reefs.

The Taranaki Environmental Education Trust works to identify key projects and opportunities that will make the biggest contribution towards creating sustainable communities in Taranaki, and makes them happen.

The Conservation Board represent the public, and offer interaction between the community and DOC, overseeing the Conservation Management Strategy for the region.

The aim of enviroschools is to foster a generation of people who instinctively think and act sustainably. There are 28 enviroschools in the Taranaki region, and biodiversity is a major part of their Kaupapa.

The Kaitake Community Board’s 30 year plan has strong environmental goals. They include working with landowners, other agencies and iwi to incentivise biodiversity maintenance and enhancement, and to encourage ongoing community stewardship of the local environment and its biodiversity to restore and maintain natural habitats, ecosystems and viable populations of native species.

The Waihowaka Green Community Group are a Bell Block Group working hard to restore the Waihowaka Stream riparian environment.

The Mount Hiwi Charitable Trust was formed to allow access to and preserve indigenous virgin forests and ecosystems in perpetuity.