About Us

The Friends of Mana Island Incorporated (FOMI) was established in 1998 as a not for profit Society and registered as a Charity (CC27290) in 2008.

The Objects of the Society are to promote and enhance the Scientific Reserve on Mana Island and to provide financial, material and physical support for the projects and work approved by the Department of Conservation.

The primary focus since 1987 has been the planting of trees, a 20 year program aimed at restoring the vegetation on the island to an approximation of the status which existed prior to 1800. This program has seen some 500,000 trees and shrubs planted to date, all of which are indigenous to the Wellington Conservancy. Infill species planting continues.

One of the objectives of restoring the habitat is to provide a sustainable environment for a number of endangered species, primarily from within the Conservancy. A significant exception was the transfer of Takahe in 1987. Endangered in Southland, they are thriving on the island and represent approximately 20% of the total known population. The reforestation has been confined to the valley systems and slopes, leaving sufficient grassland area to support the Takahe. Another exception are captive bred Shore Plover, ranked as nationally critical, released since 2007 in an attempt to provide a self sustaining population.

Because the island is rodent and predator-free it provides an ideal environment for the Cook Strait Giant Weta and a number of endangered lizards and birds.

The bird releases to date include the North Island Robin, Diving Petrel, Fluttering Shearwater, Brown Teal, Fairy Prion, Yellow Crowned Kakariki, Bellbird, Whitehead and Rowi. A further release of Fairy Prion occurred in 2015 and 2016.

The Friends of Mana Island invite you to participate in the potentially high profile projects by way of donation of materials or sponsorship.


Annual Report

Latest FOMI Annual Report sets out key achievements

Read our most recent annual report for the year ended December 2015.

Key achievements included – the translocation of 100 fairy prion chicks from Stephens Island, concrete gannet colony relocation, funding obtained for stage two of the Floral Diversity Project, work on the lizards/gecko project, several working bees on the island, and progress on the guide and interpretation project. Read more on pages 3 and 4 of the report.


Friends of Mana Island Executive 2016-2017

Brian Bell

Linda Kerkmeester
Vice President

Dick Fernyhough

Nathan Te Rei
Iwi Representative (Ngati Toa)

Matt Barnett
DoC Representative

Jason Christensen

Dale Shirtliff

John McKoy

Philippa Doig


Co-opted Members:

Darlene Adams

Membership Services

Hannah Kyle-Parker

Volunteer Co-ordinator

Philippa Sargent

Communications Manager


Honourable Appointees:

Roger Hayman, Hayman Lawyers, Wellington

Hon Solicitor

Ian Hoare

Hon Auditor


OMV New Zealand – Fairy Prion Translocation Project

Wellington Community Trust – Floral Diversity Project

Swazi New Zealand – Guiding & Interpretation Project