Waikanae Rotary Club support Nga Manu Sanctuary with new signs















(L to R) President Robert Nugent, Rotarian David Bruce (Project Manager), Past President Steve Botica and Nga Manu Reserve Manager Matu Booth at one of two new signs provided by Rotary.


Our meeting on the 25th February was a BBQ held at the Nga Manu Nature Reserve in Waikanae.
Apart from the hospitality we were shown around the site including the sign donated by Waikanae Rotary.
The objectives of the Nga Manu trust are education, conservation and preservation of New Zealand native flora and fauna.

The Nga Manu Trust was formed in 1974 and is registered with the Charities Commission. One of the first challenges of the Nga Manu Trust was to find a site that would provide the trustees with a practical tool to meet these objectives.

Founder trustees Prof. John Salmon, Peter McKenzie and David Mudge were made aware of a site in Waikanae. This site is now known as Nga Manu Nature Reserve, and is administered by the Trust. This site was chosen as it provided an opportunity to protect the largest remnant of coastal lowland swamp forest on the Kāpiti Coast.

The site covers approximately 14 hectares and adjoins similar sized blocks that are comprised of Kāpiti Coast District Council reserve, QE2 Covenant, farmland and some private bush. Education and research are a major part of the trust activities along with involvement in native species recovery programmes.