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 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
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.
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)