Get Involved

In or out of the bush, volunteers are our most valuable resource. We have an amazing bunch of people lending their time and expertise to help protect Aongatete Forest and the native species that call it home. Operating the project requires ongoing expenditure, so the generosity of our supporters is hugely appreciated.

We’d love you to join us!

We warmly welcome volunteers who are able to give their time to help us with all kinds of on-going tasks or one-off events, from baiting to baking, trapping to typing.

Each month, we run ‘volunteer days’ on the first and third Wednesday mornings in Aongatete forest at the top of Wright Road. These mornings have a work focus or a ‘discovery’ focus – there are many interesting things to learn about or do in the bush besides pest control.

Throughout the year, specific Saturday mornings are earmarked for major pest control campaigns, which is when many pairs of hands are essential.  There’s always a hot cup or tea or coffee on offer at the kohanga once you’re done and usually a bit of home baking too!

Volunteer Registration

Get involved by completing the form below.  We’ll add you to our volunteer database and you’ll get an email with more info, including the detailed volunteer registration form that we need to you fill in.

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Keep an eye on what’s happening with our Events Calendar or follow us on Facebook.

To prepare yourself for volunteering in the forest we’ve got guidelines that you’ll need to be familiar with. Read or download our Health & Safety Handbook for Volunteers.

We have a more detailed form that all new volunteers need to complete also, download it here.


The Project is a registered charitable trust (Aongatete Forest Restoration Trust CC37006). All donations are very welcome and every little bit helps us continue our conservation work.

Alternatively, make a deposit directly to our bank account: Aongatete Forest Restoration Trust BNZ 02-0340-0007399-00

Please include your name in the reference field. Email us with your details if you’d like a receipt. If you’d like to make bequest in your will, please consider the Acorn Foundation.

We gratefully acknowledge the support we’ve already received from many individuals and organisations.