New Zealand Journal of Ecology (2013) 37(3): 266- 271

Public and ecology – the role of volunteers on Tiritiri Matangi Island

Review Article
Mel Galbraith  
  1. Department of Natural Sciences, Unitec Institute of Technology, Private Bag 92025, Auckland 1142, New Zealand

Tiritiri Matangi Island has attained an international profile as a successful ecological restoration project, and is often cited as a model of environmental stewardship. Ecological restoration on the island has always involved, and been dependent on, voluntary public involvement. Public participation in the project not only reinforces existing links between the public and scientific communities, but also facilitates even greater understanding of ecological concepts outside the professional and academic worlds. This paper examines enhanced ecological advocacy, ecological research and biodiversity management as outcomes of the collaborative involvement between the island’s stakeholders, with ‘public ecology’ as an ultimate outcome.