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

Local business owner and experienced environmental auditor.

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 Secretary: Fiona Sistern

Operations Manager, Stacey Hill

Centre & Volunteer Coordinator, Jasmine Hunter

Raglan Timebank Coordinators, Juliana Albertoni de Miranda & 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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