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Care Group support and resources

Your group's work could involve coastal dune restoration, wetland and estuary management, stream/lake margin management, catchment management, and/or control of pest plants and animals. Often one issue, such as mangroves in an estuary or acacia on the coast, focuses initial community attention on the health of the natural environment.

Your group's work could be on public or private land.

If your group has sound enviromental objectives and commitment, we'll register it as a Care Group. This gives you access to your resources and support, which may include helping your group to get started, project planning and management, offering technical advice, providing materials, helping with fliers and communications, and lending equipment for your work.

In accepting support, your Care Group agrees to plan and complete the work. You need to be sure your community has a core group to see the project through.

Care Group Handbook, Forms and Templates

We’re here to help care groups, whether they are just starting out or if they are well established. Check out our Care Group Handbook for useful hints and tips or contact a land management officer by calling 0800 884 880 for practical assistance and funding advice.

Bay of Plenty Regional Council Care group handbook (pdf, 1.27MB)

Care Group Registration Form (doc, 670KB)

Care Group Annual Plan Form (doc, 675KB)

Care Group Project Plan Form (doc, 711KB)

Care Group Activity Planning Checklist (doc, 674KB)

Care Groups Activity Work Record Form (doc, 675KB)


Health and safety for Care Groups

The Bay of Plenty Regional Council takes the health and safety of care group members seriously. Getting it wrong can have serious consequences for everyone. 

Incident and accident reporting

It is a legal requirement for volunteers to report any accidents, incidents or near misses while undertaking a care group activity.

Please use this form to let us know about anything that's happened to you. It will help us to prevent accidents or harm to volunteers in future:

Please use this form to fill out any hazards on site

Best practice guidelines  

Check back on this page soon for factsheets containing guidelines to help volunteers keep themselves safe when:

For more information about Health and Safety check out the OSH website at

For First Aid tips check out the St John website at