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Volunteers are doing some fantastic things in the Bay of Plenty to support our natural environment. You can join in too. Whether it's a small project to improve a stream or a large-scale wetland restoration project, it all adds up to a better place to live, work and play. It’s all about working together to make a difference in our local environments.

If you would like to join one of the existing local Care Groups that are doing great things for our waterways, estuaries, land and coast, contact us on 0800 884 881 ext. 7001 to find out more.

Check out these training opportunities and volunteer events being held around the region, and get involved in looking after your local environment.

Current events




Coastcare - There are ongoing opportunities to join the Coastcare volunteers, particularly during the winter months for planting days.

Western Bay, Eastern Bay and Waihi Beach Various

Find out more on the Coastcare page


Tauranga and Western Bay


13 September

11 October

25 October

22 November

6 December

Tauranga Stream and Estuary Clean-up programme

A regular programme of litter clean up days with local schools. Volunteers from the wider community are always welcome to get involved too. 

Updates and locations are regularly posted on Facebook at:


Various, Tauranga harbour margins and streamside reserves   Various

Radleigh Cairns

Phone 07 5777200 ext 7391 


Uretara Estuary Managers  - Regular working bees including planting, pest control and mangrove management. Their aim is to manage and improve the Uretara estuary downstream from Katikati, and its catchment.

See their page on the Katch Katikati website for details. 

Various, near Katikati and Tauranga Harbour  Various Rosalie Smith ph 07 549 2422

Ruth Sparling ph 07 549 4622





Tikitapu Pest Control Programme - Help the Tikitapu Forest and Bird Care Group volunteers by joining in one of their many working bees from May - October each year. 

Tasks include trimming access lines, bagging baits, filling/clearing bait stations and monitoring pests using wax tags and tracking cards. 

For upcoming working bee dates and details, see

Tikitapu Reserve, between Okareka and Blue Lake, near Rotorua   James and Frances Blakely, phone 362 8480 or email for time and location details and to register your interest. 

First Sunday of every month


Nukuhou Salt Marsh Group - either bird monitoring or trap checking.  No experience needed, just come along.

Meet at Cheddar Valley Pottery Times vary depending on daylight

Stuart or Margaret Slade   07 3124583


Eastern Bay


Whakatane Harbour Care Group - Join in Clean ups of River edge first Saturday of the month 


Meet McAlister St car park 8-10am

Warner Haldane

Ongoing Ohiwa Harbour - There are often opportunities to get involved in and around Ohiwa Harbour. There are two formal care groups and a number of informal residents' groups who are passionate and active in the area. Ohiwa Harbor various

Find out more on the Ohiwa Harbour event page or contact the Ohiwa Harbour coordinator.

Ongoing Pukeruru-Ruatuna Community Care Group - for further information and future events contact Jo or Toria.    

Jo Hunt  07 315 8505

Toria Radley  07 315 4742

Other volunteer projects

How we can work together

Council works with volunteer groups in the community where our goals are closely aligned. This may be through collaboration on a project, sponsorship, EEF funding, or shared resources.

If you have a project in mind and a few friends volunteering to help you out, here’s how we can work together:

Council also offers a number of resources for teachers including resource kits and teacher workshops, and support for Enviroschools. There are also plenty of activities for kids in our magazine Pollution Busters.

Council supports youth volunteer leadership programmes RYEF (Rotorua Youth Environment Forum) and Instep in Tauranga.

Or if you are interested in volunteering to support boat and water safety on the lakes, contact 0800 884 881 ext. 7413.

For further information on all volunteer support, contact 0800 884 881 ext. 7001.


Council can also help point you in the right direction by linking you to a number of other websites available in the Bay of Plenty and nationally. We will update this as we hear of more helpful links.

Bay of Plenty volunteer opportunities:

Other national volunteer schemes include: