Friends of Mana Island

Welcome to the website for Friends of Mana Island


Mana Island is a predator-free island located off the coast of New Zealand, near Porirua.

Friends of Mana Island (or 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. 

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.

20th anniversary celebrations for FOMI in 2018

‘Celebrating our volunteers’ – 2018 was our 20th anniversary and we had some exciting activities. Read all about them…

Photo competition – The winning entries were announced at Pataka on Sunday 26 August 2018. 

A special exhibition about FOMI ran at Pataka Art + Museum in Porirua during August 2018. It featured photos, videos and a new model of Mana Island. Read the news release.  And watch the video of the opening function. Our Facebook page has videos of the exhibition, and a flyover of the model. 

Sunday short talks at Pataka Art + Museum in Porirua – these were held 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. 

New video for our 20th anniversary – Now on YouTube – “Celebrating our Volunteers”

Our newsletter

Read the latest newsletter, published December 2018. 

Latest work party report – Nov/Dec 2018 is here. 

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

Gift vouchers available for guided trips to Mana Island

Treat someone to a guided trip to the island. See the Visitors page for info. 

Friends of Mana Island tee-shirts available now

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