Welcome to Wild about New Zealand.

Wild about New Zealand is an innovative “hands-on” biodiversity investigation and action programme that provides schools and community volunteers within the Bay of Plenty the chance to help turn the tide for our native wildlife. Simple equipment and methods will help you to find out about the pests and native wildlife living near you.

Vision: Working together to turn the tide for New Zealand's biodiversity



Recent Projects

Plummers Point

Rodent control continuing with group of eager volunteers. Noel’s group are a very inventive lot and have come up with a new bait station to meet their needs (including the security of local pets). Bait is contained within a wide diameter (and well ventilated) plastic tube and secured by a cunningly conceived wire mechanism, and […]

Sapphire Springs reserve

The new owners of the Sapphire Springs Motor Camp are planning to greatly improve the pool and camp facilities, and work through a coordinated pest management process with Wild about NZ to improve local biodiversity. Recent surveys with visiting school groups revealed the presence of the usual array of animal pests – plenty of rodents, […]


Background Located 20 minutes from Tauranga, on Leyland Road, off Whakamarama Road, this attractive stand of native bush is located in the upper catchment of Te Puna Stream. Henry Sharplin donated the reserve to the people of Tauranga County as a scenic reserve in 1926 and since then it has been a popular walking and […]


Omokoroa Point School

Background Omokoroa Point School is a Decile 9 full primary school (Year 1 to Year 8 – N.E. to Form 2) with seven classrooms. It is the only school on the peninsula and is located in possibly the most scenic school setting in NZ. They have been involved in WaNZ projects for a number of years […]

Fairhaven School

This term we welcomed on board Fairhaven Primary School in Te Puke.  We have an awesomely supportive contact teacher called Liz Logan who is the pod leader for the senior school. Liz selected ten, year 5&6 students for the WANZ group this term.  Our first session there consisted of an icebreaker/korero, a walk around the […]

Te Puke Intermediate

Background Te Puke Intermediate is located at the southern end of town near the Ohineanaganga stream and adjacent to Noel Bowyer Park. The school has a role of approximately 300 students and is our newest ‘Wild’ school.     Term 3 – 2017 Key Focus: Native Birds “Overheard the bird” term 3 Actions: Learning how […]

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