New Zealand - Forest & Bird
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.
- 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.
- 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.