About TEPS

The Tāmaki Estuary Protection Society (TEPS) is an Incorporated Society and Registered Charity whose members are committed to improving the waterways, and shorelines of the Tāmaki Estuary, and protecting and enhancing the habitat for local native wildlife.

Membership is open to anyone interested in advancing the well-being of the Estuary and its waterways. (Join, renew, or donate here)

TEPS brochure 1968
Brochure 1969 (click to enlarge)

TEPS was formed in 1969 to galvanise support against a proposed 450 acre residential marina development, which would have resulted in the Tahuna Torea sand bar and adjacent shallows being fully filled in, from the Glen Innes shore right across to near Bucklands Beach. Shortly thereafter, TEPS was instrumental in preventing the creation of a rubbish tip slightly further south, which was instead successfully made into what today is known as the Waiotaiki Nature Reserve.

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A comprehensive account of these and subsequent events, as well as the earlier history of the area, is documented by local resident, foundation and long-time TEPS member, and leading activist, Chris Barfoot. The book, titled “Tahuna Torea: tip-site to Nature Reserve”, was originally published in paper book format by TEPS. It is now available online here on this website.

TEPS has an executive committee who meet monthly. TEPS members are welcome to participate in TEPS committee meetings, by arrangement. Please email Julie Chambers – [email protected] else phone or text Julie at 0212 044 118