Who is FOMLI?

The island restoration programme was started in the 1980s by a small group of Forest & Bird members who had a vision of the island covered by native New Zealand coastal forest, full of native birds, lizards and insects, and open for the public to enjoy.

The island is owned by the Whangarei District Council, gazetted as a scenic reserve and, by agreement, managed by the Friends of Matakohe-Limestone Island Society. The restoration has been underway since the 1980s driven by local community volunteers.

Since 1998, the support given by our major sponsor, Golden Bay Cement, has enormously sped up the achievement of the goals set for the island.

Membership of FOMLI is open to the public.

The Annual General Meeting is held in February each year, with the management committee meeting monthly (third Wednesday).


  • Revegetate the island with native trees and plants. (By 2011 over 150,000 trees planted.)

  • Release native birds, lizards and invertebrates as the trees grow and suitable habitat is formed.

  • Develop walking tracks, interpretation signs, lookouts, rest stops, and shelter so the public can enjoy the island with minimum impact on plants, animals and historical sites.

  • Increase educational opportunities for learning and research

  • Maintain a high profile of the island and the support given by Golden Bay Cement and other sponsors.

  • Retain a resident ranger on the island to liaise with visitors, maintain tracks, weed and pest control programmes and to minimise fire risk

The Rangers

The resident rangers, Emma Craig and Jono Carpenter, are employed by the Friends of Matakohe-Limestone Island Society through sponsorship by Golden Bay Cement and the Whangarei District Council.

They live on the island and undertake a wide range of important tasks. To protect the island and its resident fauna, they keep an eye out for any potential fire danger and to ensure no dogs are brought onto the island. They also keep the island predator free, running an intensive surveillance and control programme on the island and in the buffer zone. They liaise with island visitors, take school groups and manage and work with the fantastic island volunteers. They undertake and oversee the weed control programme and the replanting programme and they monitor the recovery and re-introductions of threatened species on the island. Having a resident ranger is hugely important for the island and the Society is very grateful to Golden Bay Cement and Whangarei District Council for the ongoing support that makes this possible.



The Friends of Matakohe-Limestone Island Society Incorporated (1993) is a registered incorporated body under the Incorporated Societies Act 1908 (Registration No. 577365). The Society is also registered with the Charities Commission (Registration No. CC38452). The Constitution of the Society can be downloaded from our publications page in pdf format (33KB).

The Society is GST registered and is recognised as a charity by the Department of Inland Revenue. Donations to the Society are tax deductible for New Zealand residents and companies.