Cooperate for change, campaign for impact, safeguard our endangered species

and partner for protection.


Can you sponsor one of our projects? Sponsor an endangered bird or sponsor a trap?  We have different corporate sponsorship opportunities to fit your business goals. Business and philanthropic partnership changes the course of conservation and makes a real difference when it comes to making change.  

Corporate sponsorship and philanthropic partnership has in the past changed the course of our conservation history and will continue to do so moving forward into the future. 

Sponsorship can make a difference to our conservation projects where every dollar counts towards getting one more trap on the ground, buying bait and lure or in replacing ginger bash whacking tools.  We have achieved huge milestones over the last twenty years and the groundwork has been done with the enormous help from amazing volunteers and the generous financial support from our previous and current sponsors.  Without their support we would never have managed to get the infrastructure in place and these important projects up and running.  However, our threatened species are not out of danger yet and we need help in sustaining this important mahi.  We are looking to work with businesses and organisations that love our environment and feel compelled to try and protect it. 

We offer a variety of unique experiences to our corporate sponsors that can help engage and motivate employees and help build teams.  Getting your staff on the ground and experiencing some of what we do can help increase their sense of purpose within their job and will offer them an unforgettable priceless memory. In the past we have shown our gratitude and appreciation to our sponsors by inviting the team to participate and experience our work.  We would delight in sharing our work with you and your team and can be flexible in what we can offer.  By partnering with us, it offers the chance to generate new business leads. Your business will receive promotion and be provided with the opportunity to share your products or services with people who care about the environment and who often choose carefully when supporting brands.  

Get in touch with us and we can discuss objectives and how together we can make the best contribution to help save our environment.

Sponsor a Trap 

    Help us bait the traps we have by sponsoring a trap for $65.00 per year. 

   Your sponsorship is greatly appreciated as bait does add up to a considerable sum when thousands of traps are        being serviced each month.  It's the lure of the fresh bait which any trapper knows is what attracts the stoat or          rat to the trap.  We are always looking to bait our traps with a variety of different lures. 







By becoming a ‘Friend of ECO’ you will:

  • Help ensure that there is a strong New Zealand advocate for the environment
  • Receive up-to-date information so you can participate in protecting the environment, including ECO’s weekly newsletter publication Tieke.
  • Receive invitations to conferences and seminars
  • Enable ECO to develop and realise its long-term environmental goals




Waikawau Bay wetland is a rare gem - an accessible intact wetland and estuarine system teeming with wildlife at the end of a stretch of white sandy beach.  It is here, at the top of the Coromandel, that Moehau Environment Group are working to protect threatened birds and invertebrates.

At the very beginning of this project, tracking tunnels were deployed and results indicated there was a 95% presence of rodents. Now, we routinely hold rat populations at below 5%. However it is not all good news, as pūweto (spotless crake) were identified as being present in two separate sites in initial monitoring, but have sadly not been seen or heard for some years now in the wetland.  The Waikawau wetland is an important breeding site for the extremely rare and elusive matuku (Australasian bittern) and we have identified males booming in our October and November listening surveys since 2020. Other bird species include moho pererū/banded rail, pāteke/brown teal, tūturiwhatu/NZ dotterel, tōrea pango/variable oystercatcher. Matuku/bittern surveys run in the months of October and November to check for the presence of booming males that are looking for mates. Mātātā/fernbird monitoring happens in Autumn.

MEG volunteers and trappers have been protecting this special environment with ongoing predator trapping usually every 3 weeks across 75ha of land. The comprehensive trapping regime of over 250 individual traps mostly targets rats, with additional trapping for feral cats, stoats and ferrets. DOC as well as Ko Moehau ki Tai also undertake stoat, ferret and cat trapping around a section of the wetland perimeter of the wetland.  Each month we review the catch from our trapping and increase the frequency of trapping if the rat catch goes up to stop them getting out of control. Every 3 months we undertake monitoring of rat numbers using tracking tunnels (Small Mammal Indexing) with the target of keeping rat numbers below 5%. If the threshold is exceeded, then we have a bait station network where toxin can be used to control rat population explosions.