Wilderland Fire Recovery Fund

$14,761 donated
Given by 163 generous donors in around 4 months

Reports are still coming in after a devastating fire has ripped through Wilderland but the need for funds is clear...

Bay of Plenty

With early reports of so much of the land and multiple houses being destroyed at Wilderland there is a clear need for funds that will help the community survive.

Wilderland is a centre for education in sustainable living and is one of New Zealand's longest standing communities. It has had an organic shop to sell healthy food to the local community since 1964.

We will update this page as more details come through.




What is Wilderland?

From their website...

Sustainable Living

Wilderland strives to be an example of a more sustainable, collaborative way of living with our environment and tries to create methods with which future generations can live in greater harmony with the earth. In all things we aim to give back to the land by applying methods of organic horticulture, land stewardship and developing new sustainable systems for all to learn from.


Wilderland works to develop and showcase the benefits of collaborative sustainability in contemporary New Zealand. Community is collaboration, sharing and support. A healthy community creates a wealth that money can't buy.


Wilderland's charitable purpose is to provide learning experiences to the wider community. Learning occurs mainly through hands-on experience and participation. You can learn how to:

• Build local economy

• Develop collaborative enterprise

• Foster wellbeing

• Grow your own food

• Reduce your ecological footprint

• Minimise the waste you create

Tim Jago's involvement (page creator)

I was a resident at Wilderland through 2005-2009 and have a strong interest in helping it persevere.

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Latest update

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WAYS TO HELP  21 January 2017

(to contact, please email: together@wilderland.org.nz)

Kind people, many of whom have already supported us (and other Comer's Rd folks) in any ways you can, we are now moving towards looking a little bit more forward with our next steps - so we are offering some thoughts on others ways people can help.

We have lost our mechanical tools, power tools and vehicles to name a few things. We have a huge task ahead of us cleaning the site, however this will be impossible if we don't start replenishing our equipment. We have been lucky to receive some starting support with some tools, gloves and respirators from two fantastic local businesses - but we will need much more to start with the cleanup! This is a short list of things that we are looking for that you might have spare of or know someone who can help with:


-- hammers

-- saws

-- pry bars

-- sledge hammers


-- spades

-- wheelbarrows

-- gloves


-- drill

-- angle grinder

-- wheedwhacker / brush cutter

-- chainsaws


-- run around farm vehicle (preferably 4wd, doesn't need WOF or COF)

-- trailers (registered or unregistered)

We have had such incredible support from local business' who we will be taking the time to thank individually over the coming weeks and we are in progress towards having our water supply re-established by Tuesday 31st January after having received some donated piping and making contact with tank manufacturers.


We have had floods of offers to come and help us work on the land - again, please send any offers through to the email - together@wilderland.org.nz - so that we can collate any specific offers of help.

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Latest donations

Lola on 01 Apr 2017
I wish I could give you as much as Wilderland and Wilderfolks gave to me … I feel so grateful for the life changing weeks I've spent here, I've learnt so much about what really matters in this sanctuary, thanks for making this world a better place to live ; I'm sure that Wilderland will rise from his ashes, because love, willpower, kindness and strength can't be burned ! Sending you heaps of love and support xxx
Guest Donor
Guest Donor on 31 Mar 2017
I am the granddaughter of Sarah Elizabeth Lang nee Hansen, known as Ray. She was the daughter of Lars Hansen (brother of Johan) and Mary Ann Hastie.
Sean Kelly
Sean Kelly on 30 Mar 2017
Kia ora Whitianga fire victims We raised $450 at a Ceilidh in Thames on Saturday the 18th of March. We had 80 + attendees with costs assisted by Thames Musicians Club, Carsons Bookshop Thames, Placemakers Thames, Pak n Save Thames, TCDC, Thames Heritage Trust and More FM
Tui DeLight Summer Festival
Tui DeLight Summer Festival on 29 Mar 2017
We wish to extend our support to you with this donation from funds raised at our Tui DeLight Summer Festival this February. Sending much love, light, strength and blessings your way! From the Tui DeLight team and all residents of Tui Community, Golden Bay.
Elaine Hampton
Elaine Hampton on 20 Mar 2017

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