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Care Groups

Care Groups are organised community groups which work to protect and enhance a local area of environmental importance. The focus can be coastal, estuary, steam/lake, and/or pest control.

Each year, we support Care Groups with funding, as well as offering technical advice and support.

We've also assisted Envirohub Bay of Plenty to establish a network of community environmental care groups around the region. See the Envirohub Network Directory to find a group near you.

Care Group help

All around the Bay of Plenty region there are many environmental projects led by locals - people who are planning and acting with inspirational vision and commitment for the future.

The Helping Hand guide (1MB, pdf) introduces all the ways we may be able to help your work and also shares experiences and tips from others.

We’re here to help care groups, whether they are just starting out or if they are well established.

See our Care Group support and resources page for useful hints, forms and resources or contact your local land management officer by calling 0800 884 880 for practical assistance and funding advice.

We also have some best practice guidleines to help you keep your Care Group volunteers safe.

Envirohub Bay of Plenty regularly offers training and networking opportunities for community volunteers, with support from Bay of Plenty Regional Council. Check their  What's on page for upcoming events. 

Coast Care

Coast Care Bay of Plenty is a community partnership programme, which uses local knowledge and enthusiasm to restore the form and function of the dunes in the Bay of Plenty.

Estuary Care

Estuary Care groups have formed to maintain estuary values such as open water, clean and clear water, abundant fish and shellfish, estuary margins free of plant and animal pests and rubbish, and to protect native estuarine and bird habitats in their estuaries.

There are twelve groups around Tauranga Harbour and two around Ohiwa Harbour.

Contact our Tauranga Coastal Land Management Officer by calling 0800 884 880 for details about your local Estuary Care Group.

Land Care

Land owners are responsible for land management on their property. Often a group of neighbours or people with similar interests form land or stream care groups to develop and carry out specific projects or to look after a specific area. Support may be available from various agencies such as the Regional Council, city and district councils, NZ Landcare Trust


Weedbusters is about working together to reduce the threat of weeds to New Zealand's natural environment.

Volunteering - help us restore our natural world

Volunteering is an option if you are interested in looking after our environment and don't already belong to a care group. As well as coast care and estuary care groups, there are a number of other environmental and conservation volunteer projects in the Bay of Plenty.

See upcoming volunteer events.

Rena oil spill volunteer hub

Edgecumbe Flood Volunteer Hub

Click here to check out some volunteer projects available in the western Bay of Plenty (pdf, 566KB).