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.

Our newsletter

Read the latest newsletter, published December 2017. 


FOMI 2017 Performance Report released – Read the report about our activities in 2017

Nigel the gannet – International media have produced dozens of stories about Nigel the gannet dying and his concrete mate (February 2018) – FOMI has featured in many including – New York Times, The Guardian, Evening StandardBBC News

20th anniversary – ‘Celebrating our volunteers’ – 2018 is our 20th anniversary and we have some exciting activities planned – a picnic on the island, display, photo competition, celebration dinner. Read all about them, including how to enter our photo competition which is now underway. 

Photo competition – read all the details on categories and how to enter. Closes 30 June 2018. 

More news…

FOMI Strategic Plan

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.