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Haere mai / welcome to a special part of New Zealand: Brook Waimārama Sanctuary, the largest fenced haven for endangered plants and creatures in the South Island.

Close to Nelson city but hidden away, immerse yourself in the natural beauty of New Zealand native bush, breathe deeply and engage.

We want to connect people with the natural world in a way that promotes environmental responsibility and contributes to the restoration of our local and national ecosystems.

We hope visitors will experience the mauri (life force), vital essence and spirituality of this natural environment.

We are enriching the future – come join us.

MAKE A DIFFERENCE

We welcome your help: hands-on or from a distance.

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EDUCATION AT THE SANCTUARY

It’s never too late to learn about how we can care for and interact with nature.

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SANCTUARY WALKS & FACILITIES

Be inspired by our 690-ha protected ecosystem just 6km from Nelson’s central city.

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OUR NATIVE WILDLIFE AND PLANTS

Discover the extraordinary in our backyard.

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4 Labour MP's went on the guided tour yesterday at 4 Labour MP's went on the guided tour yesterday at the Sanctuary. They all loved it. From left they are Helen White, Rachel Boyack (Nelson), Vanushi Walters, Ingrid Leary. Oh! and the 2 blokes in orange are Erwin Oberhumer and John Martin, our intrepid guides.
If you would like to hear Rachel's comments about the Sanctuary here is the link: https://youtu.be/1ioV8Ot5B-w
It was great to have 4 Labour MP's at the Sanctuar It was great to have 4 Labour MP's at the Sanctuary today, plus their partners and children. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the guided tour provided by volunteers John Martin and Erwin Oberhumer. They all returned excited and invigorated by their experience. Included in the tour were local MP Rachel Boyack; Ingrid Leary, MP for Taieri; Vanushi Walters, MP for Upper Harbour; Helen White, MP for Auckland.
VOICES FROM THE BROOK is our new radio show on Fre VOICES FROM THE BROOK is our new radio show on Fresh FM, Nelson’s Community Radio.
The first show will air Wednesday (tomorrow) 20. January just after the BBC news at 9.10am
You can listen LIVE via the Fresh FM website: https://www.freshfm.net/
Or you can listen at your leisure once the podcast has been uploaded here:
https://www.freshfm.net/Programmes/Details.aspx...
A new VOICES FROM THE BROOK show will air every fortnight, Wednesdays at 9.10am, with a repeat of each show in the weeks in between.
Happy listening.
We are really pleased to announce that we now have We are really pleased to announce that we now have three new staff at the Brook Waimarama Sanctuary. These include 2 part time Visitor Centre and Volunteer Coordinators to cover the six days-a-week open hours, and a newly created position, the Marketing and Communications Coordinator. This has come about as a result of two-year funding from the Kaimahi - Jobs for Nature initiative from the government. 
The photo is of a female bellbird
The Tuis are out and about at the Sanctuary, come The Tuis are out and about at the Sanctuary, come and have a listen.
29 September 2020 - checking the fence line after 29 September 2020 - checking the fence line after a rare drop of snow on the hills. All in a days work at the Sanctuary.

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