Bay Conservation’s purpose is to promote and support the community groups and organisations protecting and enhancing the natural environment of the Bay of Plenty.

Bay Conservation is a new venture and a completely new model for conservation management in New Zealand.  Bay Conservation was established as an Incorporated Society in 2016 by the four foundation member organisations:

  • Maketu Ongatoro Wetland Society Inc. (MOWS)
  • Otanewainuku Kiwi Trust (OKT)
  • Uretara Estuary Managers Inc. (UEM)
  • Aongatete Forest Restoration Trust (AFRT)

The four groups previously operated independently in such areas as membership, funding, volunteers, accounting, marketing and project management.

Each group faces the same issues; demand for conservation work is high and there are insufficient resources and volunteers to get the work done, and handle the significant administration involved.

Combining forces under the mantle of Bay Conservation allows for the pooling of resources and sharing of services, to enable all member organisations to operate more efficiently, professionally and effectively.

Each group maintains its own local identity, volunteers and project priorities, and Bay Conservation provides the following services to its member groups:

  • Advocacy
  • Administration and accounts
  • Materials and equipment, e.g. bulk purchasing discounts, administration support, working bee coordination, volunteer recruitment, and fund raising assistance
  • Communications and marketing
  • Education
  • Operational management
  • Volunteer management
  • Training
  • Coordination of activities and events


The objects of the Alliance are to:

  • Promote initiatives relating to the conservation of the natural environment of the Bay of Plenty region.
  • Promote and support the education of Bay of Plenty residents about environmental conservation issues within the region.
  • Provide conservation-focused organisations in the Bay of Plenty with a united association of which they can become Members.
  • Protect, encourage and promote, by all lawful mean, the interests of the Members; and
  • Promote the unity, liaison and exchange of information between Members and prospective Members with regard to environmental conservation issues and initiatives within the Bay of Plenty.


Click through below to find out more about our member groups:-

Aongatete Forest Project

Maketu Ongatoro Wetland Society

Otanewainuku Forest – Kiwi Trust

Uretara Estuary Managers


We are a registered charitable trust and rely on the generosity of our  supporters and the efforts of our trustees, all of whom are volunteers in the Alliances member groups.

Developing the Alliance requires significant funds, which presently are sourced from local and regional government, as well as from philanthropic organisations. A significant part of the Alliance’s early work will be the development of long term, sustainable funding sources to enable it to create the support organisation its members are seeking.

If you would like to help please check the Donations page

For  information about our existing supporters, please click here – Supporters 

Future membership of Bay Conservation could include conservation projects that wish to join the alliance.