Our vision is that kiwi and other native birdlife will return to the RNZYS property on Kawau Island. To achieve this, the current invasive tree species need to be removed, and native shrubs and trees to take their place. Pine clearing commenced in 2021, and already more than 5000 native plants have been established.
The RNZYS site is located within Bon Accord Harbour, Kawau Island. It is the south western headland of Smelting House Bay, immediately adjacent to the historic copper smelting site.
The property is largely scrubby coastal forest, which has been impacted by grazing wallabies and invasive plants, including some areas of large pine and macrocarpa trees.
The RNZYS are upgrading facilities on the site, including improving the amenity and ecological value of the landscape, restore the ngahere mauri (forest lifeforce) and providing habitat for the threatened native species such as kiwi and weka that live on Kawau Island.
Due consideration to the history of the site is required as it has been a significant part of Auckland’s recreational boating world since the RNZYS was formed in 1871.
RNZYS especially thanks partners Mastercard and Nespresso for supporting this project
In year one, our focus was to garner around 5,000 native plants, including specimen trees planted around the edges to give the project an early spark, as well as smaller ground cover species to improve the landscape. We also established a nursery that can hold those plants that we do not manage to plant. A nursery is also a good way to propagate plants for ongoing years, grown from seeds naturally collected on the island.
In the following years we plan to plant around 2,500 plants per year to cover the RNZYS property and the adjacent DOC land. The nursery will be used to source some of these, and some extra plants would also be brought in.
Planting days for 2024 are yet to be confirmed
Peter & Lynley Hawkins
Eva, Ben & Henry Smaill
Boaties June Partridge & Peter Black
Rosie St Sinclair Sanderson
For a very special place, from Neil and Barbara Bailey on the yacht “Zucchero”
Doyle Sales International
In Memory of Brooke La Pine
Catalano Shipping NZ
The Heart of Racing
For Our Future – The Lucas Family
Integral Ltd – Atlas Software
To Mink from his mate, Huddy
He kakano i ruia mai i Rangiatea – The Seed will not be lost – Tipping-Clatworthy Smith Families
Inès and Alexandra Cullinane
United Industries Ltd
In Memory of Brin and Marie Wilson
The Innes Family
Live your Dash – s/v Dash Mike & Kellie
Enjoy Life! Cheers from Deo Juvante
A treasure for years to come
Lornie Family – Barkers Bay
Hills Wharf 2021
Peter & Fiona Thompson and Family
Big thanks to my belated parents for Holy work
Baird & Dance Family ‘You only live once, but if you do it right once is enough.’
May the earth breath a little easier – VisitorRego
In loving memory of Robert Hamilton Green (Commodore 1983 – 1985) and Faye Lavinia Green
Russell Green and Birgit Green
Barfoot & Thompson Ltd – recognising this environmental project
Don Senior Family
J & J Cobb and H & W Stedman
Dave, Greer, Tatum & Rhiannon Hookey
Warwick Gair Builders Ltd
Mark & Debra Bower – Axiom projects 2012 Ltd
36 Deg Brokers & Gair Family
Andrew Simms are proud to support the Kawau Island Reforestation Project & RNZYS
Ronald Winstone Family “Panther”
amount raised so far