Get involved

Wai-ora offers a multitude of opportunities for individuals, groups, and businesses to get involved and become part of the Wai-ora Whanau. Opportunities include volunteering in our nursery or conservation teams, community gardens, fruit preserving days, community restoration projects, education programmes and donations – there is something to suit everyone!


Wai-ora offers placement for volunteers across many areas of the organisation. We have regular volunteers who work in the Ecosource Native Plant Nursery who enjoy learning about natives – their propagation and use in restoration. Many individuals come to us with an interest in ecology and conservation and use volunteering as a mean to gain experience or give it a try to see if they would like to pursue and career in these areas. Once or twice a year we undertake a community ecological restoration project, and these create opportunities for involvement at many levels with the benefit of seeing a project from inception to completion and beyond!

Apply Now


Wai-ora offers community education for environmental, cultural, and spiritual advancement. Our education programme has a selection of short courses along with longer options up to 12 weeks.  Courses include:

  • Ecological restoration basics
  • Urban rewilding
  • Ecosourcing and native plant propagation
  • Te Reo Maori – beginners’ level
  • The Earthcare Foundation Workshops
Apply Now


For those who want to support our work financially – we welcome your contribution. Over a 40 year history, Wai-ora has received many gracious gifts and donations to make it the wonderful place it is today. We acknowledge those who have contributed and say a big thank you for all our loyal supporters who have contributed. Your donation can be tagged for a particular purpose such as planting of ecosource native plants, supporting a certain project that you are passionate about, or supporting one of our existing programmes. Click the donate button to get started.


If you are a business or corporate entity looking for social good programmes to partner with then we would love to chat to you. We have an endless toolkit of possibilities from project partnerships and volunteering to having our teams come and transform your exiting lawns and gardens into an Urban Re-wilding project for biodiversity enhancement in your local neighbourhood!

Apply Now

    Volunteer Interest:
    Days Available: