Manawahe Eco Trust

The Manawahe Eco Trust was formed to manage the community's interest in improving biodiversity in native forest within the Manawahe Ecological Corridor. It is a registered Charitable Trust and currently has five Trustees partnered with voluntary support from local community members.
With help from volunteers, the Manawahe Eco Trust is committed to managing and enhancing the biodiversity of the area. The Manawahe Ecological Corridor is the only forested ecological corridor that exists between the Rotorua lakes and the sea. Contained within the corridor are populations of threatened species which include the iconic species of kokako. The important landscape features within the corridor have been recognised as an outstanding regional ecological asset.



Monthly Update - April 2016

27/04/2016 22:00
Peter F, Biodiversity Development Co-ordinator. We are now down to one check per month and have been catching a few ferrets which may be related to declining rabbits as winter approaches. We still...

Monthly Update - March 2016

31/03/2016 22:15
Peter F, Biodiversity Development Co-ordinator. Volunteers Veerle and Margaret are now sharing the new stoat line on Pickford’s and I will take Gail up to the Mackintosh C line in the coming month. I...

Feb 2016 Development Coordinator Report

06/03/2016 21:20
Stoat Trapping Some good outcomes this month with the new Pickford’s line now in operation thanks to Margaret Murnane. I have also organised two new volunteers to help with trapping and will show...

Pest monitor succesful!

29/02/2016 17:42
Last week a smal group of regular volunteers put out 50 ink cards to see what pest and predators are currently present in the bush. We use this information to decide if and when we need to do another...

Alternative Education visits the Manawahe Eco Centre

16/09/2015 13:11
AE from Tarawera High School Visits the Manawahe Eco Centre On Thursday 23rd July five students and two teachers from Alternative Education in Onepu came to visit the Manawahe Ecological Community...

Awakeri Playcentre visits the Manawahe Ecological Community Centre

20/04/2015 17:11
On Tuesday the 24th of March the children from Awakeri Playcentre visited the Manawahe Ecological Community Centre to learn about the natural environment of the forest and the threat of introduced...

Baiting Day - Sunday 19th April 2015

08/04/2015 14:03
  It's that time again - we have managed to keep the rats in the cell tower block down to very low numbers since we started baiting this area but we need to do another round before winter to...

Kokako Trust and MET updates

11/11/2014 20:57
Kokako Trust Project Update. The Manawahe Kokako Trust are progressing well in their efforts to learn more about why the local Kokako population appears to be declining. Experts have identified...

Lydia Milbank RIP

28/10/2014 14:57
Our thoughts are with Janet and family at this sad time, after the death of their lovely Lydia.  We will miss her presence greatly at our MET  meetings and events.  A treasure...

Bait Laying

19/09/2014 18:55
Due to poor weather conditions this has been resheduled to the 28th September.  Please contact Peter Fergusson via the website contact details if you are interested in helping out this time or...
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May meeting

09/05/2018 14:58

The May meeting of the

Manawahe Eco Trust

will be at the Eco Centre

on Thursday 31 May at 7.00 pm.

If you'd like to join us to find out more of our goals of a Predator Free Corridor in the Manawahe area - please feel free to come along.

Trappers Get Together

11/02/2018 12:03

Trappers Get Together

Saturday 24 February

At the Mountfort's - 584 Herepuru Road, Manawahe

3.00pm if you'd like to wander the farm with Brent

or 5.00pm for BBQ

If wet we'll meet at the Eco Centre at 5.00pm

Would be great to see you all there

Call  Peter on 021 0395370/304 9404

Manawahe Eco Trust

12/09/2017 19:01

Annual General Meeting


26 September



All welcome

Join us and share light meal

July meeting of the Manawahe Eco trust

05/07/2017 13:57

The next meeting of the Manawahe Eco
Trust is at the Eco Centre

* Tuesday 25 July at 6.30pm

* We'll be providing hot soup

* You are all welcome to  attend

2017 Bunny Hunt

03/04/2017 08:30

Sunday 14 MAY

Register between 9 and 9.30am

Manawahe Eco Trust 6 Hour Race 2016

05/11/2016 08:00

We have created another great course through stunning bush and steep farmland up in Manawahe. The race will be held on Saturday the 5th November 2016. Get you teams together and enter this fantastic race. 

September events

24/09/2016 10:00

Working Bee - Manawahe Eco Centre

From 10.00am - can you help?

Baiting Day - Sunday 25 September

From 8.00am - 1595 Manawahe Road - BBQ lunch to follow

AGM - Sunday 25 September

2.00 pm  - 1595 Manawahe Road (if wet at the Centre)

2016 Manawahe Eco Trust Bunny Hunt - Sunday 1st May

06/05/2015 22:41

Registrations from 9-10am  No cost to enter.  Plenty of great prizes up for grabs. We have lots of fun activites and competitions organised for afterwards.  Bring the family along to socialise, enjoy the day and a BBQ lunch. 

2015 MET 6 Hour Adventure Race

06/05/2015 22:13

Thank you to everyone who competed in our 6 Hour Adventure Race.  We hope you enjoyed the race. 

We would like to take this opportunity to thank our generous sponsors and supporters – Whakatane District Council, Edgecumbe Lions, Julians Berry Farm, Pee Jays White Island Tours, Christie Electrics, New World Whakatane and Kai Iwi Honey.  

Huge thanks to all the volunteers that were on board for the day and during the lead up to the race.  You all did such a great job and your contributions are what brings it all together to help us deliver a successful event.

Here are the race scores: 2015 Teams Scores.xls (56,5 kB)