Where We Came From
Whāingaroa Environment Centre (WEC) was started in 1997 by a group of locals concerned about erosion and other environmental problems in, and around Whāingaroa (Raglan) Harbour.
The Whāingaroa Environment Catchment Plan was developed from five years of community discussions and meetings, aimed at creating a sustainable environment.
One of the recommendations of the plan was to create an Environment Centre and Whāingaroa Environment Centre (WEC) was established in 1997. We are so glad to be here!
Ā Mātou Whāinga
Deepening community-shared knowledge of our environment and encouraging action towards a balanced and resilient Whāingaroa
He waka eke noa
We are all in the canoe together, no exceptions
We deliver environmental programmes, workshops, and raise awareness of environmental issues.
The WEC hub is located in the Raglan Town Hall and is used as an office, meeting and workshop space.
We also have a mobile hub that we take out into the community. The mobile hub is used to promote environmentally sustainable practices and connect the community with our projects.
We are a diverse group of locals with differing professions and a united passion for the environment.
WEC is led by a committee of five dedicated volunteers who provide strategic direction and guide our plans.
Our committee works to support four Project Coordinators who lead our projects and work to engage our community.
Most importantly, our incredible volunteers across all workstreams make up a critical part of our team.
Sustainable Development Goals
In 2015, the United Nations adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development which includes 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The work we do at the Whāingaroa Environment Centre supports local activities that contribute to achieving these goals.
Meet some of our partner organisations in Whāingaroa who support our projects:
KASM - Kiwis Against Seabed Mining
Plastic Free Raglan
Raglan Community House
Raglan Community Radio
The Karioi Project
Xtreme Zero Waste
We are a member of Environment Hubs Aotearoa
Visit other Environment Centres around NZ
Tairawhiti Environment Centre (Gisborne)
Te Pokapū Tiaki Taiao (Far North Environment Centre)
South Coast Environment Centre
Environment Centre Hawkes Bay
Nelson Environment Centre
Kaipatiki Project (Auckland)
Waiheke Resources Trust (formerly Waste Resource Trust Waiheke)