Native Forest Volunteering in Kerikeri

Weedbusters in Kerikeri are passionate about protecting our native flora against an increasing weed problem. They meet every second Monday from 9am – 12pm and weed the Kerikeri River Scenic Reserve. This is a great opportunity to experience our beautiful Northland environment and work alongside kiwi locals to enhance native forest regeneration around Kerikeri.

Weeds include jasmine, moth plant, climbing asparagus, Japanese honeysuckle, banana passion-fruit, Taiwan cherry, tobacco weed, loquat, monkey apple, kahili ginger, wandering jew and African club moss, all of which threaten the next generation of forest plants.

No experience is required as 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 has some steep slopes, and for carrying the bagged-up weeds.

Social Protocols

  1. Be a great listener - Have fun and stay safe by following instructions carefully.
  2. Be sun smart - Make sure you bring sunblock to protect yourself from the Kiwi sun (even on cloudy days!)
  3. Make new friends - This is a group experience so go along prepared to start conversations and make some new friends :-)
  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. Outdoor eating - You can expect to be eating in the outdoors, which means finding a spot on the ground to sit and enjoy your meal - make the most of this ‘el fresco’ experience!
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