Join one of our projects, connect with the community and learn new skills


Volunteer with us

Join one of our amazing projects and help restore our beautiful wetlands, reduce our food waste and support our community as a volunteer.

Join Our Restoration Team
We are always looking for more helpers to restore our wonderful wetlands. Our team is planting trees, maintaining and re-establishing Waiheke’s natural beauty. We are always looking for help from individuals and corporate groups. Find out more about Love Our Wetlands

Join our Kai Conscious Team
Our Kai Conscious team is made up of food rescuers, cooks, kitchen hands, and our extended whānau of businesses and households that donate food. Whether you are an individual looking to help at our Kai Conscious café or a business wanting to support us, we’d like to hear from you. Find out more about Kai Conscious

Fill out our form below if you’re keen to get involved in these or any of our other volunteering opportunities.

Fill out our form below if you’re keen to get involved in these or any of our other volunteering opportunities.

WRT volunteers…

  • Are passionate about the environment
  • Fit our culture of an open, flexible workspace
  • Adopt WRT’s cultural statement, code of conduct, and policies
  • Have excellent communication and time management skills

Volunteering options

  • Food rescuers
  • Tree planters
  • Community networkers
  • Water testers
  • Zero Waste eventers
  • Kitchen helpers
  • Composters
  • Bike mechanics

Our volunteers

Geoff Thomas

Geoff has volunteered in the kitchen at the Sustainability Centre since 2019, helping to prepare rescued food for the Kai Conscious Café on Fridays. He brings with him 12 years of experience running a catering company in America. We are lucky to have his skills, resourcefulness and good humour.

Hadas Ore

Hadas volunteered as a Kai Conscious food rescuer and cook for four years before becoming a permanent member of staff. Hadas has a PhD in food anthropology and as a migrant to New Zealand says she knows first-hand how humans can employ food to make themselves and others feel at home. She began her food journey on Waiheke Island by conducting workshops on Middle Eastern home cooking and is now very much part of the WRT whānau.


Teams from ANZ regularly venture out to Waiheke Island on corporate volunteering days with WRT. Their combined and ongoing efforts with WRT’s Love Our Wetlands project – involving planting and weeding – make a massive contribution. We look forward to their visits and the fun days out restoring our sensitive wetland ecosystems.

Chardy Parkes

Chardy runs WRT’s Kai Gardens as a volunteer, giving advice about growing food and creating an amazing demonstration garden in the raised vegetable boxes at the front of the Sustainability Centre. Chardy also produces seedlings in the growing tunnel that we sell to the community as part of our food resilience work.

Carys Templer

Carys volunteered with WRT’s Zero Waste events and helped found WRT’s Compost Company. Her infectious enthusiasm for sustainable actions and education has also played a huge part in the development of both the Kai Conscious Café and our Zero Waste projects. She went on to work through the Waiheke Collective as their Marine Coordinator, but remains part of our extended whānau who regularly drops in to say kia ora!


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