Get MAD about Waiheke!

Listed here are a number of Waiheke-based organisations, groups and projects, each dedicated to preserving and enhancing the island’s community and/or environment. These groups are looking for volunteers to become involved in their activities and help to achieve their objectives. Find a good match for your interests and start making a difference today!


Waiheke Projects, Groups & Organisations


Artworks Theatre is the local performing arts hub owned and operated by the community for the community. We take great pleasure in providing a platform for both local and professional artists for entertainment, ranging from theatrical plays, musicals, musicians, orchestra, singing, dance, comedy, concerts, bands, workshops, rehearsals, kids’ shows and more.

We need volunteers to meet & greet, work the box office, help with seat allocations, provide bar assistance, work curtains, etc. Volunteers receive complimentary access to the show and a beverage to enjoy whilst doing volunteering. The time commitment varies on a show-to-show basis, but is usually about two hours.

Contact: Jemma Peterson / / 09 372 2941



CAW advocates for cycling infrastructure on Waiheke, creating fun activities for kids and adults and hosts an annual cycling festival. We would love some new members!

Members will help with planning roads and parties, and the occasional meeting.

Contact: Xan Hamilton / / 027 510 1134


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Extinction Rebellion Waiheke

Extinction Rebellion Waiheke is working with urgency to illustrate that we need to save the planet within 11 years. ERW volunteers create behaviour change through making regular contact with the public, providing resources and lobbying decision makers.

We need volunteers to engage with shoppers outside grocery stores, attend and lobby Local Board meetings to raise climate and environmental issues, give talks, join in letter writing, attend protests, etc.

Contact: Robyn Bailey / / 021 082 74795

Forest & Bird

We manage 120 hectares of bush in three different reserves on Waiheke. Our focus locally is on restoring native biodiversity in our reserves and supporting other community projects with this focus. We also run events including walks and talks, and support Native Bird Rescue in protecting nests during the fledgling season.

There are regular volunteer opportunities to help with planting and weeding. We'd also love some support with fundraising, graphic design work, being a volunteer at events or helping out at the Forest and Bird stall. We're also interested in people with an interest in conservation or bush work for some paid opportunities. Training is provided. We can often subsidise the ferry fares for people coming from town.

Plantings occur every couple of weeks in the Winter and are usually at the weekend, events are monthly, and the rest depends on the project. Volunteers need to do a health and safety induction. We're particularly keen to work with people who want to develop a stronger understanding of the the natural environment and extend their skills.

Contact: Hue Ross / / 021 141 0183


Friends of McKenzie Reserve

The Friends of McKenzie Reserve was formed in 2003 by a group of neighbours and Waiheke environmentalists. Together a vision was developed to replace 500 aged pine trees with an educational botanic reserve for the community to enjoy.

Owned by Auckland City Council, McKenzie Reserve is a small (4 hectare) coastal reserve that overlooks Enclosure Bay on the scenic northern coast of Waiheke Island.

Volunteers will help with weeding, track-making, spreading mulch, planting natives (June/July only), and development of educational resources. We welcome corporate or community groups - whenever suits you best - and have two-hour working bees from March/April to October. TFOMR Facebook page is the best place to find dates and times. Please wear gloves and bring water and tools if you have them; TFOMR has some extra tools. Long-sleeved tops and pants and sturdy boots/shoes are advised.

Contact: Niki Shuck / / 021 911 332


Hospice Waiheke Homecare

Hospice Waiheke Homecare offers support for patients and their families caring for loved ones with terminal illness. Volunteers could be involved in relieving the usual caregiver, providing body work, recording patients’ life stories, taking patients on outings.

Volunteers would need to have the use of their own vehicle to get to patients’ homes and taken them on outings; the volunteer would cover the expense of petrol. The volunteer time commitment varies from 1-6 hours per week.

Volunteers would need to be able to come alongside people as they negotiate their end of life, without judgement, supporting patients’ decisions for what they choose for themselves. Training is provided.

Contact: Margaret Macleod / / 09 372 7131


Jassy Dean Trust

The Jassy Dean Trust raises funds to care for Waiheke children’s health and well-being. We directly support families when a child is sick, injured or has a long-term health condition or disability. All Waiheke families who have an under-18-year-old child with a health-related need are eligible to apply for assistance. We also work closely with schools and health providers on the island.

We welcome volunteers to get involved with our fun community events, including the Jassy Dean Trust Garden Festival in November each year. Volunteers receive a Garden Festival pass, and you will need your own transport. The time commitment is 4 hours if you are helping at the Garden Festival. We also welcome new members on our fundraising committee.

Our volunteers are a friendly, helpful and flexible bunch! You need to enjoy being ina. garden and welcoming visitors, but no special knowledge is required.

Contact: Fiona Gregory /


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Kaitiaki of Newton Reserve (KNR)

KNR cares for the public reserve that runs along the coast from Little Oneroa to Fisherman's Rock and up Newton Valley to the intersection of Queens Drive and Newton Road. We plant eco-sourced natives, remove noxious plant species, and control pests including rats and rabbits.

KNR weeds in summer and plants in winter, at working bees held on the second Sunday of each month, starting at 10am. We provide lunch and a cold beer afterwards, but there is no other reimbursement.

It is physical work, requiring sturdy shoes and often gumboots in the wetter months.

Contact: Bronwyn Carruthers / / 021 685 809

Kelp Gardeners

Our volunteers scuba dive and snorkel on some seabed sites we call kelp gardens, to remove kina and give the seaweed and kelp a chance to regenerate.

Volunteers will scuba dive and snorkel, giving as much time as you are able to give. Scuba divers will need to be certified with recent experience. Snorkelers need to be strong swimmers. Everyone does an orientation and checkout dive/snorkel with us before being accepted as a volunteer.

Contact: Mark Russell / / 021 456 891


Once Upon an Island Charitable Trust

Once Upon an Island Charitable Trust creates events, workshops, classes and performances for the children of Waiheke and their families. These have included festivals, environmental education programmes and fundraisers for other island communities.

Volunteers will help set up and run events, share information, creative making of props. We don’t have a regular schedule of events.

There are short travel distances, where a vehicle may be required. Sometimes there may be budget where koha can go towards petrol or travel.

Contact: Tanya Batt / / 021 432 379



South Pacific (the musical)

South Pacific (the musical) early stages. The prospective date is March 2020 on LITTLE ONEROA BEACH. Permits and rights still to be applied for.

This is an opportunity to be involved in all areas of producing a musical, especially in an outdoor setting. Please forward your expression of interest and skills to Grant Bridger, the director of this production.

We need set design, builders, singers and actors, families to picnic on beach and join chorus - auditions to follow. We are also looking for administration, marketing and publicity, investors, etc. Passion for entertainment and adventure would be a bonus. South Pacific is a classic Rogers & Hammerstein musical, set on an island in the South Pacific during World War II. Great songs and characters.

Contact: Grant Bridger / / O27 484 2524 text only

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We are a toy and equipment hire service for children aged 0-12 years old, aiming to reduce financial burden to families on the island by providing high quality toys, safety equipment such as car seats, and life jackets at a low cost. We are based at the Old Surfdale Post Office.

Volunteers help once every six weeks for 3 hours on a Saturday morning, alongside another volunteer. They are trained on the toy lending system, and set up the library, help families find suitable toys, and pack down for closing. Volunteers also attend the volunteer meeting once every three months. Great customer service skills and reliability are essential for this role.

Contact: Catalina Aspinall / / 021 0234 5042

Waiheke Community Childcare

Our Centre is a small not-for-profit organisation with a Parent Committee that provides childcare for children under 6. Our philosophy is strongly linked to nature, and we provide a Bush School programme for our children three mornings a week. Established in 1982, the Centre took over the management of the Ostend Market and continues to operate it on a weekly basis.

Volunteers will be able to help in a variety of daily tasks within the centre - reading books, teaching music/yoga, help at shared meal times etc. as well as accompanying teachers at Bush School at the regional park or helping out at the markets. Bush School Programme volunteers may use their own transportation or use transport from the Centre.

Time commitment is flexible: The Centre is open Mon-Fri 7:30am-5pm, Bush School runs Mon-Wed mornings, working bees are generally on the weekends, and the Market is every Sat morning.

The level of physical fitness is dependent on the task (e.g. walking at Bush School or reading to children). Volunteers will also be police vetted and an identity check will be carried out for safety purposes.

Contact: Kathy Gardam / / 09 372 6115


Waiheke Cinema

Waiheke Community Cinema brings the latest movies to the Waiheke community.

Volunteers will check stock, sell tickets and cash up at the start and end of shows, and help staff to tidy up afterwards, if required. On completions of a session the volunteer gets a complimentary ticket to see a movie of their choice (restrictions apply).

Volunteers work approximately three hours a week/fortnight/month depending upon the volunteer’s availability and need. Volunteers need to be confident dealing with the general public, cash handling, and Eftpos. Full training will be provided.

Contact: Jane Scarles / / 09 372 8701


Waiheke Island Historical Society

We operate the Museum of Waiheke (on Onetangi Straight), and provide events of historical interest to the community. Volunteers will help with hosting visitors to the museum; archiving; museum management. There are no costs involved in volunteering, although we encourage people to become Society members ($20/year). Volunteering time averages approximately four hours per month.

Contact: Mark James / / 022 066 0175


Waiheke Ratbusters

Waiheke Ratbusters

Waiheke Ratbusters conducts monitoring, baiting and trapping island-wide on Waiheke to protect our native species. We need volunteers to help with putting out monitor cards overnight to collect in critter footprints; baiting or trapping along a council walkway or in a reserve; helping a community project, neighbourhood or school with pest control. Volunteers will need to pay for their own petrol and peanut butter, but everything else is supplied. Other volunteer options are to organise supplies, interact with neighbourhood groups, input data and H & S.

The time commitment varies, but most commonly we 'pulse' every 3 months, i.e. together monitor and bait then bring in old bait one month later. Trapping can be more intensive but more rewarding too!

Volunteers must have a reasonable level of fitness and love of the outdoors. No experience in pest control necessary

Contact: Sally Horwood / / 027 859 1080



A wide range of environmental and sustainability focused projects offering volunteering opportunities, skilled field work, office work, and training opportunities. Stop by the offices of the Waiheke Resources Trust found within the Waiheke Sustainability Centre, Mako Street, Oneroa.

We need help with planting and weeding of Waiheke wetlands, composting, water testing, food prep, grant writing and more. Typically volunteering ranges between 2-6 hours. Volunteers should be reasonably physically fit. Knowledge base in any of the afore-mentioned volunteering capacities is welcomed but not necessary.

Lunch is provided on Fridays at the Kai Conscious Cafe.

Contact: Kristin Busher / / 09 372 2915



The Waiheke Walking Festival is a free event held in November each year across Waiheke Island, on private and public land.

Volunteers would guide and be a support team for walks, talk to visitors to Waiheke, liaise with local landowners, have fun! There will also be opportunities to help at events with event logistics, serving food and organising large groups of people.

Volunteers are welcome to give as much or as little time as they have available, and would enjoy being outdoors, are happy to walk in rain or sunshine and would feel comfortable saying hello and having a chat with people they have just met. We offer training in all aspects of the role including health and safety training.

Contact: Nicola Bowman / / 027 633 3480



The Waiheke Working Sail Charitable Trust is repurposing the ‘Kate’ to preserve the tradition and skills of tall ship sailing and maintenance while adapting it to present needs for Youth Development and tourism.

We’re looking for volunteers for carpentry, rigging and eventually sailing, with the aim of getting the Kate sailing this coming summer. We are also looking for help in publicising our fundraising campaigns on the website and social media (Facebook, website updates, crowd funding) and fundraising.

Contact: Bernard Rhodes / / 027 228 1334


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W3 was established in 2015 with the aim of connecting women together on Waiheke Island. We meet approximately every six weeks and for varied activities to get women of all stages of life and ages connecting. It might be enjoying a glass of wine; shared platters and listening to an inspirational woman speaking; or a walk, live theatre or a film: we’ve even had a fashion show featuring W3 women modelling.

Our events are member-driven on a voluntary basis. We never know quite what the next event might be, and are very happy to have any W3 woman organise an event. If you have an idea that would work for an event, we would love to work with you to make this happen.

There is no membership fee, and we advise how you RSVP and pay with each event.

Events are posted on the Facebook page. You can email Josie Rainer at to join the database; to know more, email Niki Schuck at

Contact: Niki Schuck / / 021 911 332