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 collaboration with Ngati Toa as tangata whenua. 

This year, 2018, is our 20th anniversary and we have several special events happening. Read more below…

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.

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 in Porirua on Friday 3 August 2018. It features photos, videos and a new model of Mana Island. Runs until 2 September.

Sunday short talks at Pataka Art + Museum in Porirua – at 2pm every Sunday in August. Featuring experts in conservation and restoration and volunteers who have worked on the projects. 

Anniversary picnic scored perfect weatherSee 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”

Our newsletter

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 

More news…

FOMI Strategic Plan and Performance 

The Strategic Plan outlines our plans for the future. 

Performance Report – Read the report about our activities in 2017 and the outgoing President’s report from Brian Bell

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.