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High Court decision won’t diminish strong case to...

Thu, 06/06/2013
Forest & Bird (BirdLife in New Zealand) is disappointed with the High Court’s decision today related to an Australian mining company’s plan to mine the Denniston Plateau...

Forest & Bird calls for submissions on...

Sun, 11/11/2012
Forest & Bird (BirdLife in New Zealand) urges people to have a say on a government plan to reduce the numbers of seabirds killed every year by the fishing industry. Recent estimates suggest that up to 40,000 seabirds die each year in New Zealand waters after getting caught in fishing nets or on fishing hooks...

Falcon wins New Zealand Bird of the Year

Wed, 10/10/2012
The New Zealand falcon (karearea) has been crowned Bird of the Year in Forest & Bird’s eighth annual poll. “The karearea is a bird that’s most worthy of the title Bird of the Year,” says Forest & Bird (BirdLife in New Zealand)...

Nature still reeling from New Zealand Oil Spill

Fri, 05/10/2012
One year on from the Rena disaster, independent conservation organisation Forest & Bird (BirdLife in New Zealand) is still concerned at the ongoing environmental impacts of the oil spill, unrecovered containers and the shipwreck...

New Zealand bird of the year poll opens...

Tue, 11/09/2012
TV personality Te Radar, comedian Raybon Kan and actress Jennifer Ward-Lealand will be championing their favourite native bird in Forest & Bird's (BirdLife in New Zealand) annual Bird of the Year poll, which kicks off today...

Forest & Bird disappointed at climate change...

Sat, 01/09/2012
Forest & Bird (BirdLife in New Zealand) is dismayed at the High Court decision that says the effects on climate change cannot be considered under the Resource Management Act...

Forest & Bird welcomes victory for Mokihinui...

Thu, 26/07/2012
Forest & Bird (BirdLife in New Zealand) recently welcomed Meridian Energy’s announcement that it will abandon its plan to dam the West Coast’s wild and scenic Mokihinui River. “This is a great victory for conservation, and a courageous decision by Meridian,” Forest & Bird Advocacy Manager Kevin Hackwell said.. .

Forest & Bird conference creates united front...

Wed, 25/07/2012
Forest & Bird (BirdLife in New Zealand) announced recently that there is a growing acceptance that conservation and the protection of our environment must become central to all New Zealanders lives if we are to save our unique environment and secure our economy...

Survey to help reverse Kereru decline

Mon, 27/02/2012
Forest & Bird’s (BirdLife in New Zealand) nationwide kereru count last week has provided valuable information about our only native pigeon and will help conservation projects aimed at reversing its population decline...

Petrel causes a storm for New Zealand

Tue, 07/02/2012
New Zealand Storm-petrel was presumed extinct until its rediscovery by bird watchers in New Zealand's Hauraki Gulf Marine Park in 2003. A team of ornithologists have used support from The Birdlife International Community Conservation Fund to find the first strong evidence that the tiny, Critically Endangered birds are breeding in the area.

Counting Kereru in New Zealand

Fri, 03/02/2012
All Forest & Bird (BirdLife in New Zealand) members, bird enthusiasts and Kiwi kids are being encouraged to get behind the inaugural Kereru Count this month....

New Zealand oil clean up needs to focus on...

Mon, 16/01/2012
No effort should be spared to clean up the oil and debris from the Rena as the toll on wildlife continues to rise, Forest & Bird (BirdLife in New Zealand) said Tuesday...

Oil Spill update from New Zealand

Mon, 19/12/2011
The last two months of 2011 brought some good news for Forest & Bird (BirdLife in New Zealand) in the wake of the country’s worst ever maritime environmental disaster in October.

Pukeko crowned New Zealand Bird of the Year

Thu, 24/11/2011
The swamp-loving Pukeko has won Forest & Bird’s (BirdLife in New Zealand) annual Bird of the Year election...

Underbird ahead in the New Zealand polls

Wed, 16/11/2011
Our Critically Endangered parrot, the Kakapo, and our blue-suited swamp hen, the Pukeko, are well in front of the flock in Forest & Bird’s (BirdLife in New Zealand) annual Bird of the Year poll.

Celebrities flock to secure New Zealand's...

Thu, 20/10/2011
Singer Hollie Smith, actress Lisa Chappell and former All Black and seabird advocate Anton Oliver are throwing their celebrity weight behind some of our native birds in Forest & Bird’s (BirdLife in New Zealand) annual avian popularity contest, which opens today...

Tragic impact on wildlife from New Zealand oil...

Thu, 13/10/2011
Hundreds of dead birds have already been found along the Bay of Plenty coastline as a result of the Rena oil spill disaster but these represent just a fraction of the affected wildlife, Forest & Bird have said.

New Zealand must wake up to oil spill dangers

Wed, 12/10/2011
Forest & Bird have said the unfolding oil spill disaster in the Bay of Plenty is a stark warning about the potential catastrophe that could result from deep sea oil drilling in our waters.