Otari-Wilton's Bush Trust is a public charitable trust made up of people who care deeply about the preservation of this internationally significant New Zealand bush and forest reserve. Our 400 members, of whom over 100 are active regularly at Otari, are key to its success and ongoing development.
Among our ranks are scientists, teachers, academics, retirees and volunteers – all with the common aim of sustaining Otari for future generations. Volunteers chose how they would like to get involved from a wide range of activities.
We have an elected board which meets monthly and oversees a yearly schedule of working parties, fundraising events and other activities. The Trust is a member of the NZ Plant Conservation Network (NZPCN).
Providing general and specific information for visitors, based at the Te Marae o Tane Information Centre. Accompanying the varied tour groups to Otari, from cruise ship visitors to garden clubs and school groups.
Collecting and cleaning seeds to supply the seed bank in Palmerston North, and propagate at Otari.
Monthly weeding, maintenance and planting at the Kaiwharawhara Stream Project and other sites within Otari. Eradicating pests in the 100 hectare forest reserve. A good level of fitness is required.
Volunteering at Otari's many yearly events, including the March seminar series, and September Open Days.
Carrying out maintenance in the native botanic area, and working in the rare plants nursery.