Each year we need to raise more than $2,000,000 from sponsors and donations to maintain the security of our endangered species and their environment. You have the opportunity to support this programme.
MEIT is a charitable trust and all donations are tax deductible. Donations can be made as:
- a direct credit to our bank account 06-0317-0633439-00, and complete the donation form
- a cheque by mail to Maungatautari Ecological Island Trust, PO Box 476, Cambridge 3450, NEW ZEALAND
However you choose to donate please advise your name, address or member number so we can acknowledge your donation and send you a receipt.
If you intend to visit the maunga regularly, or if you'd just like to give us a regular contribution and receive benefits in return, consider becoming a member. We will be introducing our membership from 1 July 2013.
$50.00 seniors and students (with ID)
$135.00 family of 2 adults and up to 3 children (5-16 yrs)
What you get for membership:
- Membership card offering unlimited use of Southern Enclosure
- A free guided tour of the Tautari Wetland or Southern Enclosure
- Free tea & coffee in the Visitor Centre whenever you visit
- $10 off guided tours voucher to keep or give to a friend
- 10% discount off merchandise in our retail store
- Regular news and specials
- Invitation to special members events
If you visit the Southern Enclosure or take a guided tour, we’ll deduct the cost of your visit from the membership price if you sign up to become a member the same day.
Please call us 07 870 5180 for further details on becoming a member.
We are selling the Entertainment Book for a fundraiser for the Trust. This book is full of vouchers for Restaurants and other activities in the Waikato, Bay of Plenty area and are valid from now until 1 June 2014. Contact Cathy for more information. There is more information and a few copies available at the office phone 07 8705180.
More than 200 community volunteers regularly work hours equivalent to 40 full time employees to help restore Maungatautari; in fact volunteers are integral to the success of the Maungatautari restoration project. Working in a variety of areas including pest monitoring, planting and weeding, building and maintenance, administration and species monitoring, their work is of a very high standard and very highly valued.
Working with our volunteers is a very rewarding and fun experience. The amount of time you have to give is completely up to you, however you will need to the days and frequency of each task that you choose. We welcome volunteers who are able to give their time on any of the following bases:
- for a regular number of hours on a particular day each week or month
- for a variable number of hours on any day each week or month
- for one off tasks periodically
We have volunteer vacancies in the following areas:
- administration (most week days)
- Cambridge Market stall holders (2nd Sunday of every month)
- events (usually weekends but not always)
- fund raising and marketing (some week days)
- maintenance and labourers (some week days)
- monitoring a sector of fence (monthly)
- monitoring tracking tunnels in one of the enclosures (monthly)
- monitoring tracking tunnels out over the mountain (every 3 months)
- planting & weeding (every Friday fortnightly)
visitor experience (week days or weekends)
- tour guides; or
- visitor centre hosts
As a reward for service, we are sometimes able to offer our valued volunteers an opportunity to help with translocation of birds and other species or as part of other like projects:
- specials - birds and other species (rarely required)
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer please follow this link to print our Volunteer Registration Form, fill in your details and post to us at PO Box 476, Cambridge 3450, or scan and email to Ally at email@example.com.
The fence is built, the reintroductions are made, the predators are taken care of, what's left to do? Maintaining a predator-free mountain is a huge and ongoing task and we need to raise more than $2,000,000 annually from sponsors and donations to maintain the security of our endangered species and their environment. You have the opportunity to sponsor this programme. Some of the operations you may be interested in sponsoring include:
- Pest control - baits, traps, pesticides, weedicides, application, monitoring and maintenance operations
- Fence & track maintenance - fencing materials, track metal, culverts, fence alarm system/monitoring, cartage & contractors
- Equipment - vehicles, quad bikes, diggers, chainsaws, operating costs, repairs, maintenance and replacement programmes
- Biodiversity Management - species management and monitoring
- Administration - support staffing, office rents, electricity, phones, postage, printing
We also have a number of new capital infrastructure programmes planned.
Please call our General Manager on 07 8705180 for further details on sponsorship.