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  for supporting this project

Planting Plan

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.  

2024 Tree Planting Days

May 4th/5th

June 1st/2nd

July 13th/14th

August 10th/11th

Join the What’s App Group for updates and communications. For further info contact Sheryl from RNZYS Sustainability Committee at sustainability@rnzys.org.nz


Peter & Lynley Hawkins

Eva, Ben & Henry Smaill

Boaties June Partridge & Peter Black

Rosie St Sinclair Sanderson


Scarborough Family

For a very special place, from Neil and Barbara Bailey on the yacht “Zucchero”

Doyle Sales International

In Memory of Brooke La Pine

Lidgard Family

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

Cashen Family

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”

Porter Family


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