Friends of Mana Island 20th anniversary – Celebrating our Volunteers
3 Aug – 2 Sep 2018
Bottle Creek Gallery, Pātaka
Friends of Mana Island is a volunteer group formed in 1998 to help restore the island’s biodiversity, in partnership with the Department of Conservation and Ngāti Toa Rangatira.
The predator-free island provides a refuge for many birds, reptiles and insects including takahe, giant weta, kiwi, bellbirds, kakariki, seabirds, lizards and little blue penguins.
An extensive planting programme saw 500,000 trees planted on the island. It is now a very special place to visit on guided trips or working bees run by Friends of Mana Island.
This exhibition celebrates and showcases the work of the volunteers over the past 20 years through photos, videos and a new model of Mana Island.
IMAGE: Volunteer Annemieke Hendricks holding a huge sooty shearwater chick ready for banding during a FOMI working bee. The chicks are often double the adult weight at this stage.