About Us

The Muriwai Environmental Action Community Trust (MeACT) was established by a group of environmental and community conscious locals in 2011.

Muriwai is a fantastic community nestled in a huge regional park, the West Coast is an amazing place to live, the weather can change within minutes and its a place where nature and the environment meet head-on, and we residents are mostly along for the ride!

Muriwai attracts a certain kind of resident, whether it's the sparkling surf in summer, the rawness of the West Coast during our wild winters, it's not for the faint-hearted.

There's a lot to be done to preserve our community and it's the environment and we need to ensure this unique coastal settlement, just 30 minutes from the CBD of the biggest city in New Zealand, preserves its character for future generations to enjoy.

We can only do this as a community and with everyone working together to preserve and enhance the environment we all share.

MeACT sees it's role is as a facilitator of action for the environment and our community, so we welcome and support anyone who has a great idea and wants to get involved and do good work for the community.

By supporting local projects with funding, management assistance, and effective communications we aim to ensure our contribution to the community is effective, valued, and long-lasting.

Our aim is to encourage anyone who is interested in environmental preservation and our community to join us in developing and implementing a wide variety of exciting projects to enhance our environment for future generations to enjoy.

MeACT is structured as a Registered Charitable Trust with a board of trustees drawn from individuals in the community who have a shared vision to improve the environment and community.

Details on our Trustees are on our Trust Board page (tab above)

We have some key philosophies...

To be inclusive...

  • With two shops, a golf club, and a surf school Muriwai is no economic hub. This means that most of its residents live here because they love the natural environment, and this is the key to our attitude of collaboration.
  • It doesn't matter if you’re a regular visitor, have lived in Muriwai for one day or your entire life, your efforts and suggestions will be welcome.
  • MEACT operates free of a political agenda or a singular ecological philosophy. Members of all ages, interests, and levels of experience are welcome to join. So join us!

To get things done...
  • Each year, we want to be able to look back on what we as a group have achieved for the environment, and by association, the community, and know that we have made a positive tangible difference.
  • The development of project plans will be driven by the trustees and managed and implemented by members of MeACT.
  • Our focus will be on not just talking about it, but doing it. The Trust will also organise fundraising events and make funding applications to facilitate project implementation.

To think long term...
  • Some projects can potentially require a commitment that may outlast the individual members of the Trust and our goal is to establish the means, both financially and practically, to see these projects through with and for future generations.

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