How you can help

There are so many ways you can make a difference in the lives of New Zealand's wild birds. We believe that everyone has something unique to offer. If you would like to get involved in any of the activities below, or if you have other ideas about how to contribute, we would love to hear from you.

Volunteer to join our team

As a small team, we rely heavily on our wonderful team of volunteers to help us care for the 6000+ birds who come through our doors every year.

From administrative tasks, running errands and making deliveries to gardening, maintenance and hands-on bird care, our volunteers contribute to just about every aspect of running the centre.

Whether or not you have direct experience with birds, we can provide training for you – it’s your availability and willingness to help that really matter.

If you would like to join our team as a volunteer, are based in Auckland and are over 18 years of age, please see the list of currently available volunteer roles below or contact for more information.

Fundraise for the birds

From holding a bake sale to organising a sponsored walk, run, swim or movie night, fundraisers are a lot of fun.

Not only will you raise much-needed funds to support our work, you will also increase awareness about New Zealand’s incredible birdlife.

Register your fundraiser on GiveaLittle to get started. Please also email and let us know your plans!

Involve your company

Volunteering as a workplace team is not only a fun team-building activity, but is also a great way to connect with your local community and provide much-needed support for our staff.

If you would like to find out more about how your team can help, please email


We have partnered with some talented and generous bird-loving jewellers, photographers, crafters, and designers. Choose a unique gift for a loved one (or yourself!) while supporting local artists and our precious birdlife.

Tania Mallow Jewellery

Tania’s first batch of limited edition Cook’s petrel necklaces sold out in just three hours! To celebrate our Bird of the Year (BOTY) campaign for the Cook’s petrel, Tania has decided to release a second (and final) batch of ten Cook’s petrel necklaces, with 10% of sales donated to BirdCare Aotearoa. The release will coincide with the start of BOTY voting on 17 October. Keep an eye on Tania’s website to make sure you don’t miss out!

Tania has also announced that she will be donating $1 to BirdCare Aotearoa from each bird necklace sold. So, you can support birds while shopping from Tania’s beautiful Birds of Aotearoa Necklaces collection.

Limited edition Cook’s petrel necklace by Tania Mallow Jewellery

HeritagePrintz tea towels and gift cards

Diana Murray of HeritagePrintz has designed a gorgeous quail motif tea towel and assorted gift cards, exclusively for BirdCare Aotearoa. We have limited numbers of these products available now, with 100% of the proceeds helping birds in our care. Please ask at reception or email if you would like to purchase something from this range. Payment can be made in cash or online, and postage can be arranged at a small cost.

Riverhead Photography eco-friendly cards

Mike Wilson from Riverhead Photography has created a beautiful collection of eco-friendly bird cards. They are printed on recycled card, sent with recycled paper envelopes, and plastic-free packaging. Mike will donate $1 to BirdCare Aotearoa from every NZ Birds Variety Pack sold from his website.

Sprinka Joy cat collar covers

Joyce Fung of Sprinka Joy has designed a collection of cat collar covers (aka “cat scrunchies”) – a fun and colourful way to help protect birdlife. You can read more about these collars and purchase one online or from reception. BirdCare Aotearoa will receive 70% from all in-person sales and 30% from online sales.

If you have questions about any of the items in our shop, or if you would like to donate some of your own creations to support birds, please email We would love to hear from you!