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

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 88,720 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 mice 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.


Our 2017 planting programme starts in August. There are spaces for planters available on the 6th, 13th, 20th, and 27th August. Click on the "Join" tab above to find out how to book for a planting trip.

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

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