Can you tick those boxes?  Or even just one of them?!  Well then, we would love to hear from you!  Here are some new and unique opportunities to get involved with the Whakatāne Kiwi Trust in 2019.  Read on to find out more!

Derek the Kiwi 

Many of you will be familiar with our wonderful mascot, Derek the Kiwi, who has helped to promote the Whakatāne Kiwi Project and local conservation efforts since 2013.  Derek has made appearances at many local events including the Local Wild Food Challenge at Ōhope, the Whakatāne Christmas Parade, Jazz in the Park, and the Oxfam Trailwalker competition.  Mayor Tony Bonne even donned the costume to attend the National Trustpower Awards in Wellington!

We need more volunteers to wear the Derek the Kiwi costume at future events and continue this proud tradition!  Trainee ‘Dereks’ will receive a full induction, and we will always ensure that you have a ‘minder’ to look after you and communicate with the public on your behalf.  But beware,  Derek is an absolute magnet for young children (and middle-aged women for some reason), so potential candidates must be prepared to receive LOTS of cuddles and requests for photos from locals and tourists alike!  

You are also likely to get dragged on to dance floors, but don’t worry, Derek has some pretty nifty dancing shoes – you just need to provide the legs!

Kiwi Tracker Education Walks

Do you like being outdoors, walking through our beautiful local reserves, and sharing your passion for conservation with young people?  If so, we need more volunteer guides for our educational Kiwi Tracker walks with school groups.  

Guides need to be available for one or two days per month, between 9am and 2pm on week days during the school terms.  You will be guiding primary and intermediate school groups of up to 12 children and their accompanying teachers and parents. 

You will talk about the local flora and fauna found on the walk, and the amazing work done to preserve them by our Trust volunteers.  All this information will be provided to you during the training, and you can accompany a more experienced guide until you are comfortable leading.

Trailer Tower Extraordinaire

Can you drive a manual 4WD vehicle?  Can you tow a trailer……AND back it?   If so, we need your awesome driving skills to tow our Whakatāne Kiwi Trust education trailer to and from local events.  

You won’t need to stay on to help at the event, just pick our Whakatāne Kiwi Trust vehicle and trailer up from their central Whakatāne parking spot and drive it to the designated location.  Once everything is set up, you can disappear until it’s time to pack up later that day.  Although you are very welcome to hang around of course! 

We also wouldn’t expect you to do this for every event.  Even if you could just help out once or twice a year, we would be very grateful!

If you think you could help with one of the above volunteer opportunities, please contact me using the email address or phone number in my signature block below. 

Thanks for your time and support,

Danielle Guy                  
Volunteer and Events Coordinator 
Whakatāne Kiwi Trust 

Phone: 022 352 6188