Welcome to the 

Piroa Conservation Trust

 Formally Piroa-Brynderwyns Landcare Group 

Our Story

Today in the wider community, a diverse and growing population are actively engaged in conservation and are connected to the natural environment. Since restoration began in the hub of Marunui Conservation over 30 years ago, landcare initiatives have grown significantly throughout the Piroa-Brynderwyns area.  Now under the co-ordinating umbrella of the community-led Piroa Conservation Trust (PCT), more than 30 separate groups are actively working together to reinstate healthy ecosystems through predatory animal control, weed control, water care and revegetation across this high value area.
What We Are Doing...

Our community-led conservation projects cover a wide range of topics from planting, pest control, weed management, track building and maintenance, water care and more. We work with sponsors, councils, and like minded people to protect and restore this valuable area.
Image: Aaron Skelton - Fairy Terns at Waipu

Why We Are Doing It...

In this area is the Bream Tail Coastal Headland, an area of vegetation comprises mostly coastal forest and shrubland and has close affinities with Hen Island (Taranga) vegetation. Many of these vegetation types are important because Bream Tail is the only place in the Waipu Ecological District that they occur.
Image: Aaron Skelton - Northern Rata Flower 

How We Are Doing It...

The PCT steering group now coordinates funding and resources for over 30 trapping and weeding groups. About one third of the budget is allocated to weed control, one third to professional trapping in the difficult terrain, and one third to trapping resources, workshops and events.
Image: David Skilton -Wetapunga

Our Challenge

It is a big task but we have an amazing group of volunteers, sponsors, donors, partners and supporters helping the team move ahead.
See more about the big challenge on the link below.
We are always looking for new volunteers to help with a wide variety of tasks. if you are ken let us know.

Latest News & Articles

Fulton Hogan & the Mangawhai Community Park

Fulton Hogan, the contractors constructing the Mangawhai Shared Path, recently sponsored 22 DOC200 traps, which will help control stoats, weasels, rats and hedgehogs, all of which pose a serious risk to our native wildlife. The traps are housed within secure wooden boxes, ensuring they are safe to have around other park users including children and dogs. Read more..

Thanks Westpac & Richie!

Our big vision is to provide shade and shelter for native fish to thrive again and improve water quality. Westpac Ambassador, Richie McCaw, came along and planted 20 kowhai and titoki trees along the river bank on a farm near Waipū to start the project off in April. Read more..

Catchment Groups & MPI collaboration

more to come...
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Kiwi Survey

The survey the extent of kiwi movement now that large areas in the ranges are actively under pest control by wonderful teams of volunteers and landowners. Where are the birds now, e they breeding successfully? What is the population now? Are we doing everything we can to keep them safe? Read more..

Shorebirds Trust

We are proud to now be working with the Shorebirds Trust who invests in scientific research, funds and coordinates conservation efforts aimed to improve coastal biodiversity. The Shorebirds Trust predator control project the ‘Conservation Coast’ has worked with the local community to establish predator control from Mangawhai to Pākiri.

5min Bird Count

On November 13th a group of keen conservationists gathered to learn from Dr Dai Morgan from NRC about monitoring native bird species and density in the ranges. The work is important as over time this will provide evidence around the impact our groups pest control programmes are having, and what new species are returning to the area. Read more..

Coastal Walkway

Work is underway on the Coastal Walkway between Langs Beach and Waipu Cove to improve the walkability and safety of the track. This project jointly funded by the Whangarei District Council and the Wairahi Tracks Trust will be completed by Christmas to the extent that funds allow.
Read more..

Young Students

The importance of raising awareness & involving  young people in conservation focused activities in our area is crucial. Their enthusiasm and passion for the natural world is encouraging.
Read more..

Programmes, Working Groups & Events

Working Groups

Find out more about our volunteer group, when they meet and where.  We have groups for pest trapping, weeding, track building, dunes clean ups, school programmes, planting, water catchment restoration, nursery care, and more in Mangawhai, Langs, Waipu, Waipu Cove and Bream Bay.

Working Bees

We regularly run working bees so if you are keen to see what coming up visit the link below.

Our School Curriculum

We recognise the importance of raising awareness & involving them in conservation focused activities in our area. Focused on a point of difference in what they provide to schools -supporting teachers provide hands on/practical activities that are part of the Conservation experience for students. 


We run a series of workshops throughout the year for the general public around topics such as Know Your Dog, Trapping, Pest Weeds, H&S for volunteers and so on. 

Our People, Partners & Sponsors

Piroa Conservation Trust consists of more than a 30 community-led conservation groups that are working together to restore biodiversity in the Brynderwyn ranges and surrounding area. The conservation projects cover the 30,000ha area encircling the Piroa-Brynderwyns ranges down to Waipu, Bream Tail and Mangawhai all of which are identified as having high conservation values. Northland brown Kiwi are breeding successfully in the hills having been translocated during 2013-15, and other rare birds, such as the Fairy Tern, make this area their home.
Local businesses are right behind PCT and their support is greatly appreciated.  Our thanks to everyone from the Waipu Menzshed who make the trap boxes to Northpine who supply the timber, to other businesses and donors who have provided locations for weed disposal bins, venues and catering for workshops, and donations for bait stations and trapping lines.
Contributing to the successful conservation outcomes in Piroa-Brynderwyns are the valued partnerships with landowners, with iwi and with government agencies such the Department of Conservation (DoC) and Northland Regional Council. The value of these in-kind contributions is greatly appreciated as being far more than a monetary one. Over the past year PCC has been particularly welcoming of new initiatives including the purchase of Langs View Estate by Bruce and Janine Copeland and DoC’s contribution to Langs Beach Reserve.
A huge shout out to the sponsors who have made our work possible over the past year including: ITM Waipu, Northpine, Menzshed Waipu, Hammer Hardware Waipu, Mangawhai Natives and work done by the Royal New Zealand Air Force.
If you would like to join our band of supporters please e-mail [email protected]

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