Our beloved Hauraki Gulf is hurting and needs your help. Here are some of the many ways you can get involved today!
Conservation Volunteers New Zealand
Conservation volunteers can get involved by planting and caring for native trees, eradicating pests and weeds, protecting threatened species, and helping to make our natural spaces accessible to everyone.
Make observations of nature
Record what you see in the Hauraki Gulf, meet other nature watchers, and learn about the natural world.
How to Kit
Create a Marine Reserve
Get involved with coastal clean-up events, educational programmes, public awareness campaigns, and riparian planting projects.
New Zealand’s dedicated programme for connecting local waterway restoration projects with large scale funding and resources.
An environmental education programme for schools and communities focusing on the health of our streams, rivers and wetlands
Learn to read your beach
Find out what has been visiting your beach by learning to read the footprints in the sand. Report interesting finds on iNaturalist for ecologists.
Record and learn about our birds
Join your local branch to find out about Seabirds and Shorebirds in your area.
Become a Marine Mammal Medic
Volunteer to remove rubbish from our marine environment
Mussel Reef Restoration
Restore the historic mussel beds so that they can filter the water as they used to, help clean up the Hauraki Gulf and enable the fish stocks and other ecology to recover.
Experiencing Marine Reserves
Learn about marine conservation by getting wet
Pollution prevention hotline Waikato
You can report pollution 24 hours a day, seven days a week on 0800 800 401. Ask for an incident number and follow it up. If youre not happy with the response let a local politician know.
Marine Metre Squared
Get involved in the long-term monitoring of your seashore.
Pollution prevention hotline Auckland
You can report pollution 24 hours a day, seven days a week on 09 377 3107. Ask for an incident number and follow it up. If you’re not happy with the response let a local politician know.
Young Ocean Explorers
Learn about the ocean
Report sick, injured or dead wildlife
1–2 animals: call the DOC emergency hotline 0800 DOC HOT (0800 362 468). 3 or more animals: call the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) pest and disease hotline 0800 80 99 66. Whale or dolphin strandings: call the DOC emergency hotline 0800 DOC HOT (0800 362 468).
Report illegal fishing activity to email@example.com 0800 4 POACHER
NZ Water Citizens
Measure the health of your local stream
Join a nature group
Join one of more than 100 groups looking after nature around the Gulf