Save Kohimarama Forest

$15,743 donated
Given by 265 generous donors in 12 days

A fundraiser to help protect Kohimarama Forest — A critical urban forest & wetland. Home to nesting Kererū, Ruru, Pīwakawaka and more...

Kohimarama, Auckland

Learn more about the forest at

Kohimarama Forest is a remnant forest in the heart of Auckland City's Eastern Bays at 18-20 Pamela Place. It was never cleared for pasture and as a result, the forest is a mature ecosystem, retaining the complex relationships of ancient Aotearoa that do not exist in younger forests.

The forest is currently the home of native Tui, Pīwakawaka (Fantail), Ruru, nesting Kererū, and more recently there have been sightings of Kaka. Forests regenerate slowly and their full range of diversity (lichens, mosses, mycorrhizae, fungi and insects) are not easily replaced. Therefore, if we as a nation are to strive towards more progressive environmental goals, we must protect the forests we already have, especially those that exist in our cities. After years of neglect under private ownership, significant restoration work by the community has seen the forest to return to its former glory. It is now a reference ecosystem for other regeneration projects, providing seeds, plants and lichen to support local initiatives by Auckland Council and Ngāti Whātua Orākei. The forest is also a key linkage environment for native birds returning from predator-free islands in the Hauraki Gulf as they repopulate on the mainland.

Where will your money go?

Our Give A Little campaign is trying to be an inclusive strategy for people to offer support who do not necessarily have the financial background that is necessary for the larger donations. Smaller offers of support (numbers of supporters rather than dollar amounts) provide the background against which we will approach the larger funding foundations and businesses once we have this demonstration of a support base, to help us fund the purchase of the forest.

In the short term, it will help us cover the costs of advertisement, web hosting, printing, PR, Legal & any ecological surveys that need to be done.

If we are unsuccessful at protecting the forest, the money will be donated to restoration groups in the area such as Eastern Bays Songbird Project (

Learn more about our future vision at:

In early November, 19 Pamela Place, the site of the forest, was put up for sale by the Melanesian Mission Trust. It is described as a freehold site of 22,830m² close to all amenities with favourable zoning, perfect for residential development. There is no mention of its vital ecological significance for the area.

It is essential that we turn this current sale into an opportunity to preserve this ancient fragment of Aotearoa so that it can reach its full value as an ecosystem, integral to the environmental, social and cultural health and future of Tāmaki Makaurau.

Marco de Kretser's involvement (page creator)

A member of the 'task force' established to help save the forest and ensure that the environment is able to thrive ecologically, economically, culturally & socially for current and future generations.

Use of funds

In the short term, it will help us cover the costs of advertisement, web hosting, printing, PR, Legal & any ecological surveys that need to be done. Thank you so much!

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Experience Kohi Forest!  2 December 2021

Kia ora koutou katoa,

Further to our efforts to save this forest, we want to get the community involved now!

On Saturday we are hosting an event at the forest with experts on ecology and conservation. Learn more about how special Kohimarama Forest is, the incredible restoration work that has taken place, and just how essential it is to protect it from being sold to developers.

Many of you have sent us messages about living in the Eastern Bays all your life, and yet you never knew Kohimarama Forest was hidden within your suburb. Here is your chance to experience this gem in person!

WHERE: 19 Pamela Place, Kohimarama

WHEN: Saturday 4th December, 10am-12pm

See the Facebook event here:

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Latest donations

Anne 1 hour ago
Me mahi tahi tātou mō te oranga o te katoa
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Guest Donor 3 hours ago
Thank you for the fantastic guided walk thru today. Many hands make light work, so happy to do my part too 😃
Lorna 4 hours ago
Rachel 4 hours ago
So important to preserve this mature forest and ecological corridor. Thanks to all involved!
André 7 hours ago
Great effort from all involved! Well done, and keep up the fight to save this piece of NZ magic.

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This page was created on 22 Nov 2021 and closes on 6 Dec 2021.