• Not sure where to start? We'll help you choose beautiful, eco-sourced native plants - and avoid weeds! Credit

  • See more native wildlife in your garden - with smart planting, weeding and a bit of pest control.

  • Once an island. Could our peninsula become a livable ecological island in the future? Credit

  • Go beyond your garden. Join our volunteers, learn something new and meet like-minded people.

The precious island

My garden, my Miramar

Making small changes in your garden brings big rewards for nature, neighbours and you!

You can return life to Wellington's Miramar Peninsula by growing native plants, weeding and controlling pests. We’re here to help you get started.


Planting & weeding

Wondering what to plant in your garden? Take a look at our helpful planting suggestions. Remember, weeding is important too.


Wildlife & pests

Make your garden a wildlife haven, and remove those unwanted pests to give our native species a real chance.


Kids & schools

Get stuck in with fun activities for children and useful resources for teachers.



Join us on a team day, everyone is welcome to volunteer.

About the project

It’s quite simple: we aim to restore ecological health to the Miramar Peninsula. More specifically, we’d like to see every household on the peninsula growing at least one locally native plant species.

By boosting rare plant life and controlling pests we can bring nature in to our urban community, raising property values and fostering a sense of identity and well-being. As well as getting our hands dirty we inspire, enable and support local residents like you - because together we can truly transform our peninsula. Read more.

Over 4,500 eco-sourced species have been planted around the peninsula in suitable locations. Many were locally extinct but are now flourishing and providing food and shelter for native wildlife.

Miramar resident Joakim Liman heads Te Motu Kairangi. He is an award-winning restoration volunteer with experience working for the Department of Conservation, Zealandia and Wellington Zoo. Currently, around 20 key volunteers and many more locals spend their free time planting, weeding and trapping as part of the project. Read more

The Miramar Peninsula was once an island teaming with life. During the time of early Polynesian settlement it acquired the name Te Motu Kairangi, meaning “Precious Island”.

Bays and gullies supported dense groves of shrubs and trees such as miro, totara, rimu, tawa and flowering rata. Pigeonwood covered most of the ridges and supplejack filled the deeper gullies with a tangle of vegetation. Read more

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