A Rocha Aotearoa NZ is actively engaged in practical community conservation work.
Our network of local group projects offer opportunities for volunteer involvement across the country. Local groups are involved in a range of community conservation initiatives: wetland, native bush and stream restoration, a native tree nursery and planting projects. Working in partnership with other organisations and the local community, these groups are focused on restoring our locally unique and special places we all love.
We are actively involved in the Karioi Project, a community-led conservation project initiated by Te Whakaoranga O Karioi in partnership with Te Whaanga ahu Whenua trust, members of Tainui hapu, A Rocha Aotearoa New Zealand, Whāingaroa Environment Centre, Department of Conservation, Waikato Regional Council and Whāingaroa/Raglan community. Our committed team, volunteers and partners have been working to restore biodiversity together with the amazing support of the local community. The focus of the Karioi Project encompasses Karioi and its coastal escarpments and forest, wetlands, freshwater and marine habitats and communities to the north and south of the mountain from Whāingaroa Harbour to Aotea Harbour.
In Auckland, our local group is building a community of A Rocha supporters to encourage and enable each other to care for creation and live sustainably through our everyday choices, actions and lifestyles, and through our involvement in environmental education, research, practical conservation, and sustainability projects.
Our local group in Palmerston North maintains a thriving native plants nursery and organizes seed collection, tree planting and working bees within the surrounding area.
A Rocha in Wellington exists as three sub-groups, focusing efforts on the Kapiti Coast, Wellington City, and Hutt Valley.
Our local group in Christchurch is made up of Christians from a variety of churches, who are keen to connect their faith with an enthusiasm to care for God’s creation.
In Dunedin, our local group organizes regular events focused on creation care, education, and communal worship.