About Us

The team here are a dedicated group of individuals passionate about environmental education and building a sustainable community.

Where We Came From

Whaingaroa Environment Centre (WEC) was started in 1997 by a group of locals concerned about erosion and other environmental problems in, and around Whaingaroa (Raglan) Harbour.

The Whaingaroa 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 Whaingaroa Environment Centre (WEC) was established in 1997. We are so glad to be here!

Our Mission

Our vision is that Whaingaroa is a healthy, resilient and environmentally sustainable community.

Our mission is to be an information, resource and action hub, supporting environmental education and sustainability.

You’ll find us in the Town Hall in Raglan’s main street. We have a range of information is displayed on local environmental issues. We promote environmentally sustainable practices in our community. We deliver environmental education programmes, workshops and raise awareness about environmental issues.

We run a range of eco projects with the support of a valuable group of Raglan volunteers.

Our Team

We are a diverse group of locals with differing professions and a united passion for the environment. WEC currently has a committee of four who guide our projects & plans.

Chair: Liz Stanway

WEC foundation member, works at Xtreme Zero Waste, local permaculturist, organic farmer and ecologist passionate about composting, re-use and waste reduction.

Assistant Chair: Robbie Neha

Secretary: Anna Cunningham

Anna’s mission is to inspire and educate people to lead happy, healthy and more environmentally sustainable lives. She has been involved with WEC since 2012 in a number of capacities – coordinator, project contractor and committee member. Anna is currently managing the ECOllective social enterprise project, and organising Maui Dolphin Day. She is also involved in the Raglan Naturally community planning process. When not working in the community you will find Anna playing in her garden or dancing in her kitchen.

Treasurer: Clare Wimmer

Supports positive change through facilitating community group strategic planning and cares deeply for the Waitetuna River, our Whaingaroa harbour and it’s coastline. Works at CLIMsystems, Wimmer Design and her own pottery balancing environmental, creative, educational, IT and regenerative design projects.

Assistant Treasurer: Ella van Gool

Ella is passionate about the oceans and their health. As such she researches marine debris at the University of Waikato. Ella is also involved with the Raglan citizen scientist project researching (micro) plastics on the beaches in and around the Whaingaroa coastline. 

Assistant Secretary: Fiona Sistern

Operations Manager, Stacey Hill

Centre & Volunteer Coordinator, Jasmine Hunter

Raglan Timebank Coordinator: (Acting) Anna Cunningham

Backyard Bounty Project Developer & Educator, Jade Penn

Marine Matters Project Coordinator, Gemma Fernihough

Raglan ECOllective (Tours): Anna Cunningham & Valerie Bianchi


Most importantly, our awesome volunteers who make up a critical part of our team.

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