Staff from Boffa Miskell getting in some early planting in June 2017

Boffa Miskell generously purchased 600 trees and CombiGuards for the Trust, thanks Boffa Miskell!

Otamahua in 1923
University of Florida students potting up silver tussock seedlings in July 2017

The potting mix we use for the silver tussock propagation is kindly donated by Daltons.

Stock dam valley, looking towards snow on Te Ahu Patiki

You can adopt a penguin box to help fund our efforts to protect Korara

Local staff from Kiwibank getting their hands dirty

A great planting day with Kiwibank on the 18th August 2017

Mokomoko / common skink
Volunteers planting above the west basin during August 2016
Volunteers planting in the rain during August 2015
Piwakawaka / fantail
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Otamahua | Quail Island Ecological Restoration Trust

KawakawaLogoSince 1997 dedicated volunteers have worked to restore the native ecology of Otamahua or Quail Island. The Trust has eradicated most pests (except for mice) from the island and planted more than 93000 plants as part of a planned 20-year eco-restoration project in partnership with the Department of Conservation and Ngati Wheke of Rapaki.

Volunteer groups contribute more than 5,600 hours annually, weeding, planting and monitoring traps. As the plantings mature, the island is slowly being transformed. Native bird numbers have increased as trees mature and provide more nesting sites and a more varied food source.

The Trust needs to raise $100,000 annually for its on-going replanting and pest eradication programmes. Please help by becoming a member and making a donation via the links below.


It has been a stunning growing season. We had a very hot and dry November, but good rainfall in January and February meant the majority of the trees planted in 2017 survived. We have already received our first booking for the 2018 planting season in August, so it is time to start thinking about getting your family, friends and workmates organised to come over for a day planting.

Thanks to our sponsors  - Rata Foundation, Tutto Bene and Formaggio's Italian restaurants, Christchurch City Council, Lyttelton Port of Christchurch, Trees that Count, Black Cat Cruises, PGG Wrightson, Boffa Miskell, Daltons, and Rotary Sunrise.


Beach at SW point
Northern cliffs
2014 planting
Kathmandu volunteers
Tussock planting
Arriving at the wharf

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