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Our commitment to the environment

Walking by Nature is committed to managing and developing its business in a sustainable manner and to minimising the environmental impact of its activities.

We are also committed to actively working to conserve the unique environment that we work in.

  • We minimise the use of plastic in our operations.
  • We measure and minimise our carbon footprint.
  • We educate our clients about conservation on Waiheke Island and in the Hauraki Gulf.
  • Gabrielle Young, our founder, is Chair of Project Forever Waiheke, an organisation committed to sustainable community and tourism development on Waiheke Island.
  • We actively work on conservation in our own backyard. Gabrielle started Friends of Hekerua which looks after Department of Conservation reserve and council land in the Hekerua Bay catchment. She runs a stoat-trapping and rat-baiting programme there, which is part of Te Korowai o Waiheke (Towards Predator Free Waiheke), and our team actively volunteers on this project.
  • Walking by Nature has also been involved in community planting days and reforestation projects including Awaawaroa catchment to protect the giant banded Kokopu.

Photo: Tree planting at Awaararoa

Eco news from our blog

Predator Free Waiheke gets underway

Predator Free Waiheke gets underway

It's great to see the article in our local paper about the start of the Predator Free Waiheke project. (Gulf News, 24 Nov 2016, p 20 - not currently available online) The Hauraki Gulf Conservation Trust, DOC and Auckland Council, together with Predator Free NZ, whose...

Rakitu Island – an emerging sanctuary

We had just come back from walking to the south side of Rakitu when we were hailed by Charmaine Foster, the daughter of the man who last owned Rakitu before it was sold to DOC. Over a cup of tea we learned the story of the island and of her passion to work in...