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Native Forest Volunteering

Weed Action was formed by concerned locals with a passion for our Northland ecology. The Reotahi Reserve and the Devonshire Reserve in the Whangārei Heads is a prime example of Northland coastal broadleaf forest but it’s becoming increasingly invaded by environmental weeds.

This would be a great opportunity to get up close and personal with the native wildlife of Northland and learn from locals who are passionate about conserving their backyard with many stories to tell!

Reotahi Weed Action group meets every fourth Sunday from 9am – 11.30am in the car park of the Beach Rd end of the coastal walkway.

The Devonshire/Tamaterau Reserve Weed Action group meets every Wednesday at 9.30 -12.30pm at the Devonshire Reserve.

No experience is required, you will be taught all you need to know to identify weeds and learn weed control methods, just bring your positive attitude and open mind!

A reasonable level of fitness is needed for the walk into the site which involves going off the beaten track, along with a strong pair of shoes!

Social Protocols

  1. Be a great listener - Have fun and stay safe by following instructions carefully.
  2. Be considerate of others - You’ll be part of a group, so it’s important to be kind and courteous.
  3. Be sun smart - Make sure you bring sunblock to protect yourself from the Kiwi sun (even on cloudy days!)
  4. Wear your old clothes - This is a hands on experience where it's okay to dress casually, as your clothes may get a bit dirty while you're having fun!

Cultural Protocols

  1. Be on time - While the experience will be a relaxed one, make sure you allow yourself plenty of time to arrive early so you don't keep your guides and others waiting.
  2. Don't be shy - Kiwis are very friendly, open people so this experience is a great opportunity to not be shy, smile lots and make some new friends.
  3. Hello and goodbye in Māori - If you want to start practising some basic Māori phrases, you could try using ‘Kia ora’ (hello) and ‘Ka kite’ (goodbye).
  4. Permission for photos - If you are taking photos that include other people, always ask them first if they are happy for their photograph to be taken.
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