September 2018:

The Information Display unveiled at Highfield Reserve, by Beth Houlbrooke, representing our Local Board, and Jenny Van der Mespel, from the Robert’s family ticked another project off the park’s list. Future visitors to the Reserve can read about the original and generous land donation and the ongoing volunteer work that has achieved such a unique Reserve for
our Community and into the future. Donkey Inc Chairman, Mr Peter Couling, welcomed and
thanked the assembled group for their interest and attendance in particular, Mr Peter Caccia-Birch, for organising the event and the work involved with our Local Board.

The Donkeys at Highfield Reserve

The donkeys Tina, Tara, Topsy, Turvey, Truffle and Truffle’s offspring Toby, Tilly II, and Titan, 
are living at Highfield Garden Reserve, Mahurangi East Road, on the Snells Beach/Algies Bay boundary.
Highfield Garden Reserve offers visitors, at any time of the day, the opportunity to see the donkeys 
(but please only feed the donkeys carrots, apples, or silverbeet) and to enjoy the walks and amazing seaviews. 
Alison and Ted Roberts gifted the land to the people of New Zealand in 1985
and a Memorandum of Understanding with the Council (signed 23/01/2014) preserves the rights of the donkeys to graze.
Members of the Highfield Garden Reserve and Donkey Society Inc. and a dedicated team of volunteers 
generously donate time, money, and materials to enhance the reserve and ensure the security and wellbeing of the donkeys.
If you would like to become a member, information is available from the brochure box at the Reserve
 or through the Facebook page “Donkeys at Highfield” (“About” page)
To volunteer contact Ox Wightman ( 0274 987 214) or Peter Caccia-Birch (021 168 9698)