20th anniversary for FOMI in 2018

FOMI is delighted to be celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2018!

It’s a wonderful opportunity to reflect on what our volunteers have achieved over this time on Mana Island.

We hope many volunteers, both past and present, will join us in celebrating the ongoing restoration of the island, in partnership with DOC and Ngati Toa. 

Here is our calendar of key celebration activities:

March 2018 – Special picnic on the island. This will be a fun day out on the island. We will arrange the boat transport. FOMI members and their families will have the first option to go. There will be 60 places available. Cost will be the normal $50 for members, $60 for non-members. If bad weather means the boat can’t go, we will arrange a mainland alternative. The date (likely to be 25 March) and booking details will be confirmed in the New Year. 

From now until June 2018 – Photo competition. Mana Island is a photographer’s paradise! We are running a photo competition from now until 30 June 2018. If you have ever taken photos on the island, dig them out and see if they fit the criteria. Or book a trip and take some new ones! The categories are flora (plants) fauna (birds, lizards, wetas etc), landscape/seascape, and people on Mana. And there are cash prizes for the winners.           See the photo competition page for full details… 

August 2018 – Display at Pataka’s Bottle Creek Gallery.            We are thrilled to have been selected to mount a display in the gallery for four weeks in August. Our display will include photos over the years, a new model of the island (produced by Doug Royson), a new video showing volunteers and visitors on Mana (produced by Kaboose Media) and a memories board for people to record their memories. We also plan to have some public talks about restoration work on the island.  Stay tuned for details…

15 September 2018 – Anniversary celebration dinner. This will be at the Plimmerton Boating Club on Saturday 15 September. Details will be coming later. 

All year – Anniversary project. We are working on a special anniversary project in 2018. This is the restoration of the wetland on Mana Island including the construction of a boardwalk through this area. This major piece of work will begin in 2018.

(Photo by Christopher Stephens)