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.
Tawharanui Open Sanctuary is a unique blend of conservation, recreation and sustainable farming within Tawharanui 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 Tawharanui 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 Tawharanui 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 takahe, kiwi, pateke, kakariki, bellbirds, robins, kaka, whiteheads, 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.