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Orokonoui Estuary Living Legends Volunteers


Department of Conservation







The Orokonui Scenic Reserve is a 28-ha tidal estuary at the base of Orokonui Valley and the southern reach of Blueskin Bay. It is important for whitebait and wading birds, and is a peaceful recreation area for the residents of Waitati.

Living Legends aims to transform the low-lying rank pasture into a thriving natural wetland, much like it might have been more than 150 years ago. by establishing and growing native plantings, the restored habitat at Orokonui Scenic Reserve will link the Orokonui Ecosanctuary (307 ha of 100-year-old regenerating forest) with Blueskin Bay to created a single 'mountains to sea' ecosystem of indigenous vegetation that provides a foraging habitat for Orokonui birds.

Tasks: Maintenance of patch of plants, hand weeding, replacing or turning weed mats etc.


Volunteers should be: Keen to improve environment and restore habitat through plant management.

Fitness level: Low - medium. Care to be taken when lifting and bending.

Transport: Available but need to book a place with the organiser, departs the Otago University Bookshop (378 Great King Street) at 9.40am. Alternatively, volunteers can meet at Waitati at 10:00am. Sites in Waitati vary and will be advised by email prior to each mahi/work day.

Please bring: Warm/waterproof clothing, sunscreen and sunhat, sturdy shoes. Bring water to drink.

Time commitment

Work days take place on Sundays between 10am and 12noon (September to May). Dates will be advised by email prior to each mahi/work day.

Getting started

The first step is to express your interest by filling out the form below. We will then put you in touch directly with the organisation for more information on the role and how to proceed.

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