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.

Manawa Karioi AGM:

The Manawa Karioi Society's AGM will be held 1.30pm Sunday 22 September 2019 at the Island Bay Community Centre,137 The Parade, Island Bay.

Please come along and join with us to reflect on what we have achieved in the past year and to talk about our future plans.

We welcome any new supporters who would like to become members also.

Manawa Karioi Upcoming Working Bees - 2019: 

- Signs and Tables - Sunday 29 September

We have bought a beautiful macrocarpa picnic table to install by the historic water reservoir.

We are going to drive it up there and we need a hand to install it along with 2 hand-carved signs for Union Road. If we have enough helpers, then we will also install some other signposts for our signage project too.

This will involve us breaking up into small groups. To volunteer for this working bee, please contact us so we will know in advance how many people will be coming.

Meeting at the info board in the Marae Carpark at the end of Danube Street at 1 pm.

You can email Ness - or send a facebook message. Ngā mihi

Meeting in the Tapu te Ranga Carpark at the end of Danube Street in Island Bay. 

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