Welcome to the website for Friends of Mana Island (or FOMI)
Mana Island is a predator-free island located off the coast of New Zealand, near Porirua.
FOMI is a volunteer group formed in December 1998 to provide support for the Department of Conservation (DOC) in the restoration of Mana Island. We also work in collaboration with Ngati Toa as tangata whenua.
This year, 2018, is our 20th anniversary and we have several special events happening. Read more below…
Our vision is for Mana Island to be a self-sustaining Cook Strait indigenous ecosystem, and also a place for threatened species (not just those which are native to the island).
Ongoing restoration of Mana Island
The restoration of Mana Island is an ongoing process and Friends of Mana Island is a key part of this work.
A restoration plan for Mana Island was prepared by DOC in 1999. The plan called for a 20-year planting programme to restore the vegetation and habitat of Mana Island to a similar environment to that existing prior to human intervention on the Island. This reforestation programme called for the planting of some 500,000 trees.
This work has now been achieved. A review conducted in 2010 provided a summary of progress since 1987, and recommendations and tasks for the future.
20th anniversary celebrations for FOMI
‘Celebrating our volunteers’ – 2018 is our 20th anniversary and we have some exciting activities planned. Read all about them…
Special exhibition about FOMI opens at Pataka Art + Museum on Friday 3 August 2018. It features photos, videos and a new model of Mana Island. Runs until 2 September.
Anniversary picnic scored perfect weather – See photos of the picnic on 25 March 2018.
Photo competition – Categories and how to enter. Closed 30 June 2018. The judges are conferring now…
New video for our 20th anniversary – Now on YouTube – “Celebrating our Volunteers”
Read the latest newsletter, published April 2018.
New FOMI President and Executive Member elected at 2018 AGM – Read about John McKoy and Richard Grasse
Read about Nigel the ‘lonely’ gannet on Mana Island
FOMI Strategic Plan and Performance
The Strategic Plan outlines our plans for the future.
Friends of Mana Island tee-shirts available now
These full cotton tee-shirts feature the colourful logo of FOMI. Full details here
Gift vouchers available for guided trips to Mana Island
Treat someone to a guided trip to the island. See the Visitors page for info.