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 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.
We are a diverse group of locals with differing professions and a united passion for the environment. WEC has a committee of five who guide our projects & plans.
Chair: Liz Stanway
Secretary: Lisa Pemberton-James
Lisa is all about individuals finding ways to be more sustainable and lighten their footprint on the earth. With a history in event management and marketing, Lisa joined the committee to work with the Raglan community to ensure Raglan keeps its unique, beautiful features.
Treasurer: Anna Cunningham
Local business owner and experienced environmental auditor.
Deputy Secretary: Sarah Gardiner
Local scientist and oceanographer. A keen surfer, sailor and diver, passionate about the ocean environment.
Deputy Treasurer: Clare Wimmer
One part-time coordinator, Stacey Hill, coordinates the daily running of the centre and supports our project coordinators:
- Juliana Miranda (Timebank)
A team of awesome volunteers make up a critical part of our team.
We are a member of Environment Hubs Aotearoa
Visit other Environment Centres around NZ
Waikato Environment Centre
Tairawhiti Environment Centre (Gisborne)
Far North Environment Centre
South Coast Environment Centre
Invercargill Environment Centre
Sustaining Hawkes Bay Trust
Nelson Environment Centre
Kaipatiki Project (Auckland)
Waiheke Resources Trust (formerly Waste Resource Trust Waiheke)