Manawa Karioi Ecological Restoration Project is one of Wellington's oldest reforestation projects and is on land that is part of Tapu Te Ranga Marae in Island Bay.


Our Beginning

Tapu te Ranga Trust had a large plot of land that was primarily gorse, blackberry and grass, the vision was for a 'bird and bush reserve'.

Manawa Karioi Society Incorporated was formed in 1990 to manage the project and the first seedlings were planted in 1991.

Now, 26 years later, much of the site is covered in native bush with the abundance and diversity of native plants and animals continuing to increase.

The name 'Manawa Karioi' can be translated as 'the heart desires to linger'


Our Mission

  • To restore a forest ecosystem to the land managed by the Society which is similar to that which existed there immediately before human arrival.

  • To apply the principle of kaitiakitanga, or stewardship, in the care of the land.

  • To establish a partnership of Maori and Pakeha in achieving the objects of the Society.

  • To foster community involvement in the Society’s activities by encouraging individuals and groups to use the land for activities such as recreation, education, health improvement and cultural activities at the discretion of the Committee.

  • To encourage in particular the involvement of children in the Society’s activities.

  • To develop and manage other areas of land within New Zealand for the objects listed above, should the opportunity arise.

  • To support organisations in New Zealand with similar or compatible objectives.



Trees planted in 2018

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Trees planted in 2019

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km of public walking tracks


Get Involved

We have planted another 1250 trees in 2019 at Manawa Karioi Ecological Restoration Project in the hills of Island Bay.

We are delighted that our May and August planting working bees were full with keen volunteers.

Next Working Bee: TBC

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