About Us

Friends of Mana Island (FOMI) was established in 1998 as a not-for-profit Society, and registered as a charity in 2008.

Our goals are to promote and enhance the scientific reserve on Mana Island, and to provide financial, material and physical support for the projects approved by the Department of Conservation.

Since 1987, the primary focus on Mana Island has been planting trees, with a 20-year programme aimed at restoring the vegetation on the island to an approximation of the status which existed prior to 1800.

This programme 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 kiwi.

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


FOMI’s Performance Report with key achievements

Read our most recent performance report for the year ended December 2016.

Key achievements included:

  • the translocation of 100 fairy prion chicks from Stephens Island (a follow-up to a successful translocation in 2015)
  • fluttering shearwater monitoring
  • a survey of seabird burrows
  • gannet colony establishment progress
  • funding obtained for new bird translocations (fern birds and white-faced storm petrels)
  • stage two of the Floral Diversity Project
  • ngahere gecko monitoring
  • Whitaker’s skink pitfall trapping in Pukerua Bay
  • several working bees on the island
  • eight guided trips
  • a new manual for guides to use with visitors, and a self-guided brochure
  • establishment of an information hub to help with monitoring and evaluation of restoration progress. 

Read more on pages 3-5 of the report.


Friends of Mana Island Executive 2017-2018

Brian Bell

Linda Kerkmeester
Vice President

Dick Fernyhough

Philippa Doig

Iwi Representative (Ngati Toa)

DoC Representative

Jason Christensen
Guiding and Interpretation  

Dale Shirtliff
Lizard management, Health and Safety

John McKoy
Monitoring and Information

Philippa Sargent 


Co-opted Members:

Darlene Adams
Membership Services

Hannah Kyle-Parker
Volunteer Co-ordinator


Honourable Appointees:

Roger Hayman, Hayman Lawyers, Wellington

Hon Solicitor

Ian Hoare

Hon Auditor



OMV New Zealand – Fairy Prion and Fernbird Translocation Projects

Wellington Community Trust – Floral Diversity Project

Swazi New Zealand – Guiding & Interpretation Project