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. 

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

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

Special exhibition about FOMI is open now at Pataka Art + Museum in Porirua, corner Norrie and Parumoana Streets. It features photos, videos and a new model of Mana Island. Runs until 2 September. Read the news release. 

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 July 2018. 

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