Volunteer on Whangārei’s most popular landmark, Parihaka

Every month the Parihaka Community Landcare group needs a hand with possum trapping and loading rat bait stations throughout the Parihaka reserves in Whangārei. This is a great opportunity to learn first-hand knowledge about our beautiful Northland environment, and get up close and personal with the native flora and fauna of New Zealand.

All work is within Mackesy Bush and Ross Park, which are part of the Parihaka Reserves in Whangārei, and involves going off the beaten track so a moderate level of fitness is required, along with a good pair of sneakers!

The Parihaka Community Landcare group meets once a month for about 2 hours on the weekends at 10am at the top car park in Parkihaka.

Social Protocols

  1. Stay safe in the outdoors - Your guides know the environment better than anyone and are there to keep you safe; listen to ALL their instructions, ALL the time.
  2. Make new friends - This is a group experience so go along prepared to start conversations and make some new friends :-)
  3. Please and thank you - A friendly reminder to use ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ lots for all the people who will be helping you during this experience.
  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).
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