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Community Groups

Wilding conifers are a big problem, but we’re making great progress. The more people that help, the quicker we can get the problem under control.

There are many ways and levels to be involved, and lots of support available, such as workshops, field days, presentations, work bees, newsletters and apps. Look through the options below, visit the websites, get in touch and get started.


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Whakatipu Wilding Conifer Control Group: -45.031700, 168.661000
Mid Dome Wilding Trees Charitable Trust: -45.509500, 168.574000
Ohau Conservation Trust: -44.271500, 169.847000
Central Otago Wilding Conifer Control Group: -45.253600, 169.387000
Marlborough Sounds Restoration Trust: -41.290900, 174.007000
Abel Tasman Birdsong Trust / Project Janszoon: -41.112500, 173.009000
Advocates for the Tongariro River: -38.988800, 175.809000
Amuri Range Wilding Tree Trust: -42.521800, 172.830000
Arrowtown Choppers / Arrowtown Wilding Group: -44.940600, 168.835000
Banks Peninsula Conservation Trust: -43.659600, 172.550000
Bluff Hill Motupōhue Environmental Trust: -46.601400, 168.340000
Forest Lifeforce Restoration Trust: -38.812700, 177.145000
Kuaotunu Peninsula Trust: -36.723300, 175.725000
Ngati Tahu – Ngati Whaoa Runanga Trust: -38.474100, 176.144000
Palmy Pine Pulling Posse: -40.356300, 175.611000
Project De-Vine Environmental Trust: -40.856100, 172.809000
Project Tongariro: -38.686600, 176.069000
Ruawahia 2B Trust: -38.228700, 176.521000
South Marlborough Landscape Restoration Trust: -42.201056, 173.264008
Takaka Hill Biodiversity Group Trust: -41.029400, 172.821000
WELRA: -43.228400, 171.716000
Wilding Free Mackenzie: -44.003700, 170.478000
Hawkes Bay Wilding Pines Community Group: -39.361975, 176.363783

Abel Tasman Birdsong Trust / Project Janszoon

The Abel Tasman Birdsong Trust, through Project Janszoon, protects and enhances biodiversity to improve visitor experiences in Abel Tasman National Park, and this work includes a wilding pine control project.

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Advocates for the Tongariro River

The Advocates for the Tongariro River are involved in wilding management along the Tongariro River.

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Amuri Range Wilding Tree Trust

The Amuri Range Wilding Tree Trust was established in 2019 and it brings together landowners in the Amuri Range to control wilding conifers.

Arrowtown Choppers / Arrowtown Wilding Group

The Arrowtown Wilding Group and Arrowtown Choppers work to control and prevent the spread of wildings beyond Arrowtown. They hold many volunteer days open to the whole community.

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Banks Peninsula Conservation Trust

The Banks Peninsula Conservation Trust advises landowners on wilding control techniques.

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Bluff Hill Motupōhue Environmental Trust

Bluff Hill Motupohue Environment Trust (BHMET), established in 2008, is dedicated to the restoration and protection of the natural environment on and around Bluff Hill. We do this through pest and weed control, habitat restoration, species translocation and raising public awareness.

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Central Otago Wilding Conifer Control Group

The CWG was established in response to public concern about the spread of wilding conifers in the district. It coordinates and advises wilding management in Central Otago.


Department Of Conservation

Your local DOC office can connect you with other initiatives in your area.


Forest Lifeforce Restoration Trust

The Forest Lifeforce Restoration Trust was established in 2006 to provide direction and funding for the restoration of threatened species of fauna and flora, and to restore the ngahere mauri (forest lifeforce) in in Maungataniwha and Pohokura native forests within the Central North Island.

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Hawkes Bay Wilding Pines Community Group

The Hawkes Bay Wilding Pines Community Group is an entity specifically set up with DOC to manage wilding pines in The Lakes area of the Kaweka Forest Park in Hawkes Bay.  These twin lakes are named Rotoroa and Rototuna.  This is a particularly beautiful and sensitive part of the Kaweka Forest Park.  It comprises 98 hectares that we hope to clear completely of wilding pines.  The lakes and their surrounds host over 280 native plant species; including several that are uncommon and nationally significant. This is part of DOC’s plan to shield the Ruahine Ranges particularly, but also to control spread within the Kaweka’s, from wilding pine infestation.

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Kuaotunu Peninsula Trust

The Kuaotunu Peninsula Trust lead wilding control in the Kuaotunu Peninsula.

Marlborough Sounds Restoration Trust

The Marlborough Sounds Restoration Trust raises awareness about and controls wilding conifers in the Marlborough Sounds at the top of the South Island.

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Mid Dome Wilding Trees Charitable Trust

The Mid Dome Trust controls wilding conifers on Mid Dome – an iconic area in the centre of Southland, but also a prime ‘take off’ site for wilding conifers spreading into the surrounding tussock and farmland.

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Ngati Tahu – Ngati Whaoa Runanga Trust

Ngati Tahu-Ngati Whaoa lead wilding control at Orakei-Korako, a unique and significant geothermal ecosystem.


Ohau Conservation Trust

The Ohau Conservation Trust works to preserve the iconic tussock grasslands and native flora around Lake Ohau. They hold several restoration planting and wilding pine control volunteer days a year.

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Palmy Pine Pulling Posse

The Palmy Pine Pulling Posse are a group of volunteers who control wildings in the Ruahine Forest Park.

Project De-Vine Environmental Trust

Project De-Vine Environmental Trust aims to eradicate invasive plants and trees throughout Golden Bay and around the halo of Abel Tasman National Park.

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Project Tongariro

Project Tongariro lead several wilding control projects around Taupō.

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Ruawahia 2B Trust

The Ruawahia 2B Trust are the land-based trust of Ngāti Rangithi and they look after and lead wilding control on Tarawera maunga.

South Marlborough Landscape Restoration Trust

The South Marlborough Landscape Restoration Trust is a community-led, collaborative group aiming to protect the landscape from wilding conifers. The Trust operates in South Marlborough, extending from the Waiau River in the north to the Clarence River and Molesworth Station in the south.


Takaka Hill Biodiversity Group Trust

The Takaka Hill Biodiversity Group Trust works to restore and protect Takaka Hill ecosystems and indigenous biodiversity.

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Weedbusters is a weeds awareness and education programme protecting New Zealand’s environment from the increasing weed problem. There are more than 200 Weedbusters groups throughout New Zealand – use the Weedbusters website to find and contact your local group.



WELRA tackles the wilding conifer problem in the Craigieburn area, the Castle Hill Basin, the Torlesse Range and surrounds. It was established in 2008 by landowners, managers, local residents, DOC, Environment Canterbury and the Canterbury Environmental Trust.

Whakatipu Wilding Control Group

WCG controls wilding conifers in the Whakatipu Basin area to protect the remarkable landscape and biodiversity of this region. It was established in 2009.

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Wilding Free Mackenzie

Wilding Free Mackenzie, formerly called the Mackenzie Wilding Trust, is a registered Charity, formed in 2016 as a vehicle to promote knowledge about the impact of wilding trees in the Mackenzie Basin and to work with stakeholders to implement a strategic approach to deal with the challenges wilding trees present.

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