Friends of Mana Island

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 partnership with Ngati Toa as tangata whenua. 

FOMI’s volunteers work on restoration projects on Mana Island, for both plants and wildlife. We also have a team of guides who run guided trips to the island for visitors.

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.


Read our latest newsletter – March 2017

This issue includes president’s column, news from the DOC ranger, lizard update, Ngahere geckos released, name a takahe competition, 20th anniversary, and guided trip season. 


Thanks to everyone who attended our AGM on 15 March 2017

More than 50 people attended and heard about FOMI’s projects, plus a lively talk from DOC ranger Chris Bell about the takahe recovery programme. 

If you missed it, you can read the President’s report from Brian Bell, FOMI’s Performance Report which outlines work undertaken in 2016, and our draft Strategic Plan which outlines our plans. 


Friends of Mana Island tee-shirts available now

These full cotton tee-shirts feature the colourful logo of FOMI. Full details here