Four years ago the Tolaga Bay community asked the Allan Wilson Centre for evolutionary biology to help it clean up the areas waterways and create a healthier, more collaborative community. Together they set up the Uawanui Sustainability Project - which aims to restore the local environment back to what it was when Captain Cook first arrived in 1769. However the Allan Wilson Centre is to close after losing its government funding, so has fast-tracked efforts to secure alternative funding for Uawanui and its team of scientists have just bid farewell to the community. Hamish Spencer is the director of the Allan Wilson Centre. Victor Walker is the chair of Uawanui.