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Tuuao mai - Volunteer

Everyone can do a little bit – and that all adds up to a
whole heap of work that makes a lot of difference.



We've trained and co-ordinate over 350 volunteers over the last  years and undertaken predator control on 2,300 hectares of protected, Maori, and private land. Our amazing volunteers have enabled us to achieve so much of our conservation efforts. Join us today!

The Karioi Backyard Programme

We're bringing the dawn chorus back to Whāingaroa!

Everyone can do a little bit – and that all adds up to a whole heap of work that makes a lot of difference! The Karioi backyard trapping programme is for local residents and landowners - join us by trapping on your own land!

1. Buy a trap – we provide these at discounted rates or you can loan them from our very own "Karioi Trap Library".
2. Report your kills – with our brand new online TrapNZ map.

We will help guide your set up! Join us today!

Trap Checking

All our stoat and rat trap lines are checked by volunteers on the mountain and surrounding coastal areas. Traplines vary from easy to steep, well graded to rugged terrain. A reasonable level of fitness is generally required to walk the traplines. Lines can be allocated to suit the individual and may take from one to six hours depending on location. Traps are checked weekly, fortnightly or monthly. Training and all trapping materials are provided. Your own transport, suitable clothing and footwear are needed to access the trap line.

Community Working Days

Community work involves building trap tunnels, quality control of traps, trap deployments, beach clean-ups, bird counts and trap maintenance. Working days are organised on an as-needed basis and includes people of all ages and abilities for 2-6 hours on any day. Training and materials are provided. Register your interest if you would like to be kept up-to-date about these opportunities. 

Sea Bird Monitoring

Seabirds return to the Karioi coastline to establish burrow / nesting sites and rear chicks from April to December each year. Monitoring days are scheduled according to weather and moon phases and we have weekly "burrow buddies" that assist us with intensive monitoring and protection of nesting sites during the breeding season. All training is provided. Please contact us if you are interested in helping with our Oi monitoring program.

Fundraising and Advocacy Events

Public events in our community, like the Annual Maui Dolphin Day in March, provide a great opportunity for us to advocate for our cause. If you are creative, enjoy developing activities, have organisational skills, or just enjoy being with people, this is a great way to connect with our community. Register your interest if you would like to be kept up-to-date about opportunities to be involved or if you have a great idea you would like to contribute! 


Fundraise for the Karioi Project

Keen to help our fundraising efforts in a creative way? If you are an athlete gearing up for an event, or if you are willing to give something up like coffee for a year, or perhaps you are a host with the most? We have teamed up with the Everydayhero platform to make it super simple for people like you to create a fundraising page for just about anything! All proceeds going to The Karioi Project to help us continue our work! Check out this page out for ideas or reach out to us at

Contribute your special skills

Skills from which we benefit include: data & technical, media, photography, videography, art, education & children, communication, bird-monitoring, scientific & conservation, outdoors, and health & safety. If you would like to get involved in any of these ways, we would love to hear from you!