New Zealand - Forest & Bird

BirdLife Partner


Founded in: 1923
Members: 40000
Staff: 31
Address: 90 Ghuznee Street, Wellington, NZ, 6140
Email: office@forestandbird.org.nz
Web: www.forestandbird.org.nz

Mission of the organisation

Forest & Bird preserves and protects NZ’s native plants, animals and wild places, both on land and on its surrounding oceans.

Key Activities

  • To advance the protection of New Zealand's indigenous biodiversity.
  • To seek increased legal protection for indigenous species and ecosystems, especially those not well-represented in reserve systems, particularly high country and marine ecosystems.
  • To raise public awareness of New Zealand's biodiversity values.

Recent Achievements

  • Helped secure the protection of many of New Zealand’s national, conservation and forest parks, nature reserves, wilderness areas and World Heritage sites. Forest & Bird has also worked to establish the Abel Tasman, Kahurangi and Paparoa national parks
  • Helped create eight new high country conservation parks.
  • Successfully advocated for regional set net bans and marine mammal sanctuaries to save Hector’s and Maui’s dolphins.
  • Conducted pest control throughout New Zealand to protect our native plants and animals from destruction by introduced pests.
  • Protected our wild rivers, lakes and wetlands and their wildlife from the threats of inappropriate hydro electricity development, agriculture and pollution.
  • Worked in partnerships to bring some of our most seriously threatened native species – such as the kiwi, kakapo, whio and kokako – back from the brink of extinction.
  • Reintroduced the hihi, robin and kokako to the Waitakere Ranges (Ark in the Park).
  • Achieved protection of New Zealand’s oceans and marine life through the creation of marine reserves.
  • Been active in hundreds of restoration projects throughout New Zealand, including predator-free “mainland islands”. Forest & Bird has successfully relocated several endangered birds such as hihi (stitchbirds) and kokako into one of its predator-controlled reserves.