Welcome to Friends of Maungawhau!

Friends of Maungawhau Inc. is a group of citizens active in the conservation, protection and presentation of the Tūpuna Maunga (ancestral volcanic mountains) of Tāmaki Makaurau, Auckland, New Zealand. We focus on Maungawhau/Mt Eden, the highest of Auckland's maunga.

As volunteers we are active in the following ways:

  • Restoring native vegetation and maintaining tracks on Maungawhau.
  • Liaising with Auckland Council's Tūpuna Maunga team and contractors to care for the Maunga and address management issues.
  • Making submissions to the government, Auckland Council and the Tūpuna Maunga Authority on plans, policies and legislation related to the maunga and other conservation protected areas.
  • Hosting activities such as community planting days, guided walks, events, talks and presentations.

In 2014 we published a book entitled Maungawhau: A short history of volunteer action. You can purchase a copy from us for $10 or download the PDF file (9.5mB).

We welcome support from people who can help with advocacy, ecological restoration, or volunteer support and advice. Please go to this page to contact us.

Donations to the Friends of Maungawhau are appreciated and are tax deductible.

Maungawhau/Mt Eden is managed by the Tūpuna Maunga Authority

In 2014 the ownership of 14 of Auckland's maunga including Maungawhau was returned to the iwi/hapū who have historical Treaty claims in Tāmaki Makaurau. These maunga are now managed by the Tūpuna Maunga o Tāmaki Makaurau Authority. More information can be found on the Authority's website. You can contact the Authority by email.