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What is TOSSI?

Imagine a coastal landscape where wetlands and forests are regenerating, treasured species like kiwi, pateke, bellbird, whitehead and robin thrive, sheep and cattle graze and everyone is welcome.

Tāwharanui Open Sanctuary is a unique blend of conservation, recreation and sustainable farming within Tāwharanui Regional Park. The open sanctuary includes mature and regenerating native bush, wonderful beaches, spectacular coastal cliffs, wetlands, heritage sites, a marine reserve and extensive areas of rich pasture.

The Tāwharanui Open Sanctuary Society (TOSSI) was formed in 2002 to help make the open sanctuary project a reality. TOSSI works in partnership with the Auckland Council and is involved in volunteer programs, fundraising, education and advocacy. We are a community-based organisation with charitable status.

In 2004 we helped fund a 2.5 km predator-proof fence built across Tāwharanui peninsula to create a refuge for native animals free from pests such as rats, stoats and possums. With TOSSI’s help, fourteen species have returned to breed or been re-introduced to the sanctuary including takahē, kiwi, pāteke, kākāriki, korimako (bellbird), toutouwai (NZ robin), kākā, pōpokotea (whitehead), tīeke (saddleback) and seabirds.

TOSSI projects include forest and wetland restoration, re-introduction of threatened species, monitoring animals and plants, pest control, our nursery, and the development of walking tracks.

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Your donation will help protect the plants and animals of Tāwharanui Open Sanctuary. All donations of $5 and over are tax deductible.
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