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Help Ngā Manu keep their captive animals fed and happy in their bubble.

Cause page created in the Animals category by Nga Manu Trust

$11,526 of $31,500 goal

Given by 162 generous donors in 24 days


Support us to meet the huge on-going costs of food and care for our precious native birds and reptiles during the COVID-19 crisis.

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For the last 45 years Ngā Manu has been contributing to conservation outcomes throughout New Zealand through its breed for release programmes and species advocacy. We care for over 100 native birds and animals which include our precious kiwi, whio, kākā, kea and tuatara. Last year 2300 school children and students visited Ngā Manu and for many it would have been their first experience of our taonga species.

Our commitment to the well-being of our captive animals is our highest priority at all times – supplying them with the foods they need to thrive and environments which keep them happy. That can range from a maintaining a sophisticated Nocturnal House eco-system with climate control and a flowing stream for our kiwi, or a cascade of water being pumped through our whio enclosure ponds, or buying in a varied diet of live invertebrates for our reptiles.

As a not-for-profit charity we rely on visitor entry fees, tours and experiences to help foot the bill. Half of our income is derived from our visitors. Our food and electricity costs amount to $30,000 a year.

Please help us to continue to care for the species we all love.

About us

The Ngā Manu Trust is a not-for-profit charity. Since 1974 we have been dedicated to the conservation & preservation of NZ's endangered species. Our Reserve contains a precious remnant forest where visitors can deepen their connection with nature.

Use of funds

Every dollar donated to Ngā Manu Nature Reserve goes directly to the conservation and welfare of the 100+ native birds and reptiles in our care.

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Thank You From Our Manager  15 May 2020

Posted by: Nga Manu Trust

A BIG thank you to everyone who has donated to Ngā Manu's appeal. With $10,458 raised thus far, we're just a few dollars away from raising one-third of our goal of $31,500 to keep our beloved animals in tucker and power our ponds and streams.

Since we launched the appeal, baby geckos and a ruru have been added to the Ngā Manu bubble. The ruru was brought to us with a broken wing and is recovering well. And it was about this time a year ago that our kiwis, Ātaahua and Puha, laid the first egg of their breeding season. It all goes to show that the cycles of life of the animals in our care tick on despite the challenges we're all facing from Covid-19. They depend on us for safekeeping - to protect them and keep them well fed no matter what.

If you have yet to support our appeal, I hope these kind comments from others will inspire you to make a gift and tell your friends about Ngā Manu. As a charitable trust, we depend on the generosity of our supporters...

"Can’t wait for my next walk around Nga Manu. Keep up the great work."

"We have been there and it is a WONDERFUL place!!"

"Thanks for caring for our beautiful birds and creatures."

"Nga Manu is a very special place run by humble and caring people."

"Thank you for all you do for the animals and for creating a beautiful place where we can all interact."

"Great to support something so special and important to Waikanae."

"So happy to help such a worthy cause. You do a fantastic job."

"Glad to support Nga Manu's amazing work. Look forward to visiting again."

With the recent good news of New Zealand moving to Level 2 this week, we have reopened our doors to the public on Thursday and we look forward to welcoming you back.

Ngā mihi

Matu Booth

Reserve Manager

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