About Us

Our membership is growing as the Hibiscus Coast develops, join us to help preserve our Reserves and 'give nature a voice'.

We have had many wonderful members in the past and our current membership continue to provide an outstanding constribution to nature.  We would love to highlight the activities of Hibiscus Coast Branch members, if you have some news to share please email us or join us on Facebook.



We even have a local club for Kiwi Kids

For more information, register your interest or contact our local
KCC Co-ordinator:

Samantha Cuckow (09 426 2073)





We are always looking for enthusiastic people who can help us 'give nature a voice' and provide assistance where needed:

Treasurer: Keep our accounts in order, after an initial period of familiarisation you will only need to give a few hours of your time per month plus atendance at monthly committee meeting if you wish.

Secretary:  Be a key part of the committee, taking minutes at committee meetings, welcoming new members, assistance with organising events and promotions.   This can be from a couple of hours per month, plus attendance at the monthly committee meetings or as much time as you are wanting to give.

Trap & Bait Monitors:  Laying trapping lines, monitoring trap & bait stations, a couple of hours a month or however long you wish to spend.  Full training given in trap setting and bait handling/storage.

We are always looking to welcome enthusiastic people who can offer a skill to our branch:  graphic design, manning market stalls, co-ordinating activities, selling baits and traps, providing ecological, ornithilogical and herpetoligy advice, writing and submitting council submissions ...... the list is endless.

If you are interested in being a general committee member or have a skill we can use, please get in touch - email Hibiscuscoast.branch@forestandbird.org.nz

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Your Hibiscus Coast Forest & Bird Committee

Pauline Smith: Pest Free Peninsula Project

Pauline Smith has been a Forest and Bird member and Chair Person for the Hibiscus Coast Branch for many years. Having been associated with the Whangaparaoa Peninsula since 1954, Pauline has watched with dismay as the natural habitat and wild life has been replaced with more and more housing and infrastructure. Promoting a Pest Free Peninsula amongst the community, is a logical way of offsetting some of this development on the Peninsula, and will be Pauline’s main conservation effort for some time to come.

Peter Pearce: Raroa Reserve Restoration Project

Peter PearcePeter joined Hibiscus Coast Branch Committee in 2006. However, he has been involved with conservation work for over 20 years. He regularly took part in tree planting on volunteer days with Northern Parks Auckland Regional Council, on volunteer days. He also organised tree planting for students at Glenfield College during his time there as a History teacher from 1996-2013. Since 2003 he has been the driving force behind the restoration work at Raroa Reserve in Stanmore Bay.  In addition he is frequently seen lending a hand weeding, baiting, and planting trees at other local places. Peter lives on the Peninsula with his wife Ann. In what’s left of his spare time he enjoys golf, surfing, archaeology, volleyball.

Philip Wrigley: Matakatia Reserve & Stillwater Dotterels

Philip Wrigley Hibsicus Coast Forest and BirdI loved climbing trees when I was a kid and so I suppose it all started there. To this day I am more interested in the plants than the birds and balance my F&B activities with field trips with the Auckland Botanical Society. In my younger days I was active in the Native Forests Action Council. I currently dabble in politics through the local Green Party branch. Now retired, I was formerly an economist, mainly in Wellington, and also ran a manufacturing business for a number of years. I enjoy being involved with the Branch’s local conservation projects. As well as helping Peter out at Raroa Reserve, I have been working with neighbours of Matakatia Scenic Reserve for the last few years removing weeds, doing some planting and instigating predator control. More recently I have helped with monitoring dotterels during the breeding season at Stillwater spit. I have got weeding started there and have encouraged the Council to spray the rampant pampas. I keep an eye on Crocodile Island in the Orewa estuary, with pampas now removed from there, wattle seedlings are the new number one enemy. I live with my wife, Judy, and son, William, in Red Beach. My main sport is sea swimming and my main hobby is railways.

Johno Wells: a great help with whatever needs doing

Johno WellsAfter camping throughout most of Australia travelling by motorcycle as a teenager I then explored Europe, Scandinavia and North Africa also by motorcycle, before spending 6 years leading 4 Wheel Drive overland expeditions throughout Africa, Asia, Central and South America. In 1976 I founded a World Wide Adventure Travel Company based in the USA and for the next 32 years in addition to managing the company was fortunate to travel to many of the remote parts of the World. In recent years travel and conservation awareness efforts have concentrated on New Zealand with Forest & Bird and in particular the Subantarctic Islands of New Zealand sometimes called the Galapagos of the South Pacific. Having travelled to Campbell Island, The Auckland Islands, The Snares and Chatham Island it is clear these New Zealand outposts need all the help they can get to reverse the negative effects that history has left behind from sealing, whaling, shipwrecks and other ill-fated enterprises caused by humans.

Katie Lucas: Facebook & Website Editor

A family holiday with my husband and two young children (from the UK) was all it took for me to know that New Zealand is were I wanted to be, we returned soon after and settled in Wainui.   I was enchanted by the beauty of the coast lines, the areas of untouched native bush bursting with bird life and the friendliness of the people.   Not knowing anyone  on arrival I soon joined the F&B 'potting group' at Wenderholm Regional Park, was invited to attend a F&B committee meeting and before I knew it was the secretary!  After 5 years I decided a change of role was required and am now working in the background monitoring Facebook, Meetup.com working with the Website and promoting Forest & Bird.

Richard Chambers:  Education Co-ordinator

Samantha Cuckow:  KCC Co-ordinator

Rhiannon Thomas:  Volunteer Co-ordinator

Ian Clark:  Pigeon Post Newsletter

Paul Wilkinson:  Trap & Bait Monitor, Paint the Peninsula Purple Map Co-ordinator




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KCC Hibiscus Coast Branch


For over 20 years, Kiwi Conservation Club (KCC) has been teaching kiwi kids about New Zealand’s amazing wildlife and wild places.

We have an active branch of  right here on the Hibiscus Coast!

The Hibiscus Coast Branch of KCC gets involved in local conservation projects like tree planting, beach clean-ups, creating wildlife gardens or making bird feeders to name a few.

Join in the fun and help us teach the next generation about protecting our wildlife and wild places.

As part of the KCC membership you who receive our Wild Things magazine. The magazines make topics like wild rivers, marine reserves and worms fun for kids using a range of articles, cartoons, games & even plays!   

For more information, register your interest or contact our local
KCC Co-ordinator:

Samantha Cuckow (09 426 2073)


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Our Wonderful Members

Without our wonderful members we would not have a Forest & Bird Branch on the Hibiscus Coast, current membership is 300+, without your support there would not be a Pest Free Peninsula Project ....

An Inspirational Man with an Ongoing Legacy

by Margaret Stewart

A wonderful inspirational conservationist with close associations with the Hibiscus Coast was sadly lost to us with the sad death of John Kendrick in June. (see Forest and Bird Issue 349 August 2013).

John Kendrick receives an Old Blue in 2009. Photo: Jeff McEwen

John Kendrick receives an Old Blue in 2009. Photo: Jeff McEwen

John was a founding member of our Hibiscus Coast Forest and Bird in the mid 1980s. He also helped establish the Kiwi Conservation Club on the Hibiscus Coast and he and I used to run a fortnightly afterschool programme followed by a weekend field trip for the whole family. John had boundless energy and enthusiasm for life, as well as a wealth of knowledge of birds and our native forests - both the children and their parents thoroughly enjoyed learning from him.

Some of my most vivid memories of John (despite being in his 70s) are whizzing down the hydroslide at Parakai with the children, after one of our field trips, bounding over rocks along the coast below the McKenzie’s property or creeping through the rushes at Straka’s pond near Waiwera.

John always gave of his time and knowledge freely. On one occasion he came and gave a talk to my Biology class at Orewa College. Despite being quite slim and wiry he was able to wonderfully demonstrate the puffing up and booming noise of a Kakapo. Note that John was the very first person to record the Kakapo call and his recorded bird calls are still heard on Radio New Zealand.

We were very fortunate to have had the privilege of having John Kendrick as part of our community and I know from my own family that all who learnt from him gained a respect and understanding of our New Zealand environment .


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