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 has a committee of six 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
  • 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.

One part-time coordinator, Stacey Hill, coordinates the daily running of the centre and supports our project coordinators: June Penn (Plastic Bag Free Raglan), Juliana Miranda (Timebank) and Charlotte Pearsall (Junior Enviro Club).

A team of awesome volunteers make up a critical part of our team.

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!