About Us

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

Where We Came From

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

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

Our Mission
Ā Mātou Whāinga

Deepening community-shared knowledge of our environment and encouraging action towards a balanced and resilient Whāingaroa 

He waka eke noa
We are all in the canoe together, no exceptions

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 projects which support our vision of a Whāingaroa with flourishing natural biodiversity and a community connected to the environment. Find out more about our plans for the next five years in our Strategic Plan

Our Team

We are a diverse group of locals with differing professions and a united passion for the environment. WEC is led by a committee of six dedicated volunteers who provide strategic direction and guide our plans.
Our Operations Manager works to support four amazing Project Coordinators who lead our core workstreams (Timebank, Backyard Bounty, Marine Matters), work to engage our community and coordinate the centre hub. 
Most importantly, our incredible volunteers across all workstreams make up a critical part of our team. 

Development Goals


In 2015, the United Nations adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development which includes 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The work we do at the Whāingaroa Environment Centre supports local activities that contribute to achieving these goals.



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