A major step change in conservation

We raise funds for the effective protection and restoration of Aotearoa New Zealand’s biodiversity - at scale, in the wild, for generations to come
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Nature is quietly disappearing. Aotearoa New Zealand is at imminent risk of losing thousands of our native species, never to be seen again.

The statistics are sobering. The indigenous species threatened with or at risk of extinction include 46% of our native plants* and the following native animals:

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Biodiversity decline

Many of New Zealand’s indigenous plants and animals are found nowhere else in the world but these unique treasures are being lost at a frightening rate.

We are looking at extinction rates a thousand times higher than the natural rate.

We have positive conservation stories for a small minority of our native animal species but these require active management to maintain numbers and, except for a few examples, populations cannot be sustained in the wild.

And the actual number of species threatened or at risk is likely to be a lot higher given that around 5,000 of the assessed 14,000 terrestrial, freshwater, and marine species are ‘data deficient’ i.e. there is not enough information to know their status.

 

Sources: Environment Aotearoa Report 2019, Ministry for the Environment, StatsNZ; IUCN Red List; The Society for Conservation Biology.

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of reptiles
76%
of freshwater fish
90%
of all seabirds
74%
of terrestrial birds
*Excludes non-vascular plants such as green algae, liverworts, mosses. NB: Over 10,000 indigenous NZ species assessed. Sources: Environment Aotearoa Report 2019, Ministry for the Environment, StatsNZ; IUCN Red List; The Society for Conservation Biology;
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NZ Nature fund

We bring together people who want to give to game-changing conservation work, with the projects that deliver it; creating genuine 'big picture' impact

We raise funds for projects that halt the decline, protect and fully restore Aotearoa New Zealand’s wild places, strategically and at scale – establishing wilderness full of diverse and thriving eco-systems for generations to come.  Our goal is to raise $30m over the next five years, bringing together conservation donors and investors who understand the urgency and are committed to achieving this turn around.

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Sam Neill
"We always have to remind ourselves of how fragile life on this planet is and what responsibilities we have."
Sam Neill
Actor, NZ Nature Fund Ambassador, DCNZM OBE
Denis Marshall Transparent
"Since human occupation New Zealand has become one of the most modified environments in the world in a very short space in time. We have a responsibility to protect and conserve what remains of our precious natural environment."
Hon Denis Marshall QSO
Chair, NZ Nature Fund
Rose Challies Transparent
"Nature, the heart and soul of our wellbeing and thousands of native species, is at stake. We don't have time for despair or complacency, we need people to act now and support the work that will turn it around."
Rose Challies
EO, NZ Nature Fund
Approach

A major step change in conservation

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Investment

Multiple options to donate and invest in game-changing conservation work, with an assurance of transparency, accountability and expert management of funds. Donations genuinely invested in change.

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Investment

We work with you to make it easy to give to or invest in game-changing conservation work.  We welcome a range of philanthropic contributions, including:

  • Funding partnerships for donations of $50,000+ with an option to spread contributions over multiple years
  • Individual donations for targeted conservation work, including one-off giving or as a regular commitment e.g. monthly donations
  • Business fundraising for the NZ Nature Fund e.g. percentage of sales, donation options at point of sale, donation codes on products, staff fundraising
  • In-kind contributions e.g. business services, specialist expertise, tech for projects

 

Our donation and investment services and options include:

  • Individual giving support
  • Philanthropic advice, creating confidence and portfolio options for investors to make significant impact and legacy investments
  • Prudent fund management, transparency, assurance and accountability
  • Business giving opportunities and engagement plans
  • Multi-donor/funding circle facilitation and support
  • A secure online donation portal
  • Tax benefits – NZNF is a registered charitable trust in New Zealand and the US
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Critical Projects

Conservation action that turns the tide on our species and habitat decline. Critical, large-scale, 'big picture' projects, bringing together the people undertaking ground-breaking work in the field and magnifying the impact made.

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Critical Projects

We need big changes for nature and quickly.  Achieving change at scale is not just about going big; it is about ensuring the foundations are solid, the catalysts for change are identified, and the vision is clear and achievable – whilst keeping core guardianship and conservation values at its heart.

  • We develop and support landscape scale projects that strategically bring together smaller local projects, creating synergies and amplifying impact.
  • We focus on Aotearoa New Zealand’s most vulnerable species and habitats.
  • We work with experienced and committed people and groups on the ground.
  • We create alignment between individuals, businesses, for-purpose organisations,  community groups, iwi, government and conservation experts.

 

 

 

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Impact

Donations and investment making a real impact with projects that are comprehensively measured to show the difference being made. Meaningful analysis of the catalysts for change and the full value of the work supported.

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Impact

Our goal is significant – enduring change, widespread diversity, at scale, in the wild, for generations to come.  We develop comprehensive impact frameworks for projects that measure the meaningful changes that are occurring; this means going far deeper than just looking at numbers and getting to the catalysts for real change.  We ensure:

  • A clear view of what project success looks like
  • Evidence-based pathways to change
  • Meaningful measurement of key catalysts
  • Regular and transparent reporting
  • Comprehensive impact reporting that clearly sets out the progress made to the big picture

We also maintain and report an overall view of how individual projects work together to create impact.

 

 

 

 

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Major Projects
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Fiordland

Our newest and most ambitious project.  Fiordland has been recognised by the UN as having ‘superlative natural phenomena’.  But without urgent and significant action, Fiordland is on course to lose a large number of its indigenous species and suffer irreversible deterioration of its unique biodiversity.

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Fiordland

The south west corner of Aotearoa New Zealand, Te Wahi Pounamu is one of the most special places on earth.  With 1.2m hectares of virgin rainforest, fourteen fiords puncturing over 200kms of coastline and sheer granite mountains rising from the sea to over 2700m, it is an increasingly fragile home to a unique range of indigenous species.  For some of our most treasured species like Kea, Fiordland is rapidly becoming their last remaining refuge.

Even in this remote place, eco-systems are deteriorating at a worrying and rapid rate.  Regular hikers of the mountain valleys have noticed significant change over the years but few people realise the danger that our most treasured wilderness is in. There is a pressing need to stop the disappearance of ecosystems here, and major work carried out to turn it around into a thriving wild landscape once again.

Turning around the loss and restoring Fiordland as a biodiverse wilderness, full of thriving indigenous creatures and plants, will enable it to be a stronghold for species like kea, whio, weka, the New Zealand falcon karearea, kiwi tokoeka and kaka, as well as a range of marine, invertebrate and flora species.

Project Fiordland is a multi-faceted project, comprehensively bringing to life conservation and biodiversity, including:

  • Wild species recovery of endangered flora and fauna
  • Targeted ecosystem building from wetlands to alpine zones
  • Strategic pest control to topple our biggest threats to native wildlife
  • Cultural and traditional skills and knowledge sharing
  • Opportunities to connect with and share insight of this ancient nature powerhouse

The project also builds on and brings together critical work that is being done on the ground by the Department of Conservation, iwi, conservation organisations, businesses and individuals, co-ordinates effort, and galvanises the new action and development that is necessary for large scale impact.

There is no time for complacency in Fiordland; the time to act is now.  We need to turnaround the decline, enable species to thrive, and build a legacy that will protect one of the most extraordinary places on earth and the wild things that live there for generations to come.

If you would like to contribute to the project as a whole or in part we would love to hear from you.  It will take people like you to make this extraordinary work possible.

To support or find out more, click on donate or contact us.

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Species in the Wild

In Aotearoa New Zealand we have some of the most progressive recovery and breeding programmes of endangered species in the world, however, we do not have the wild spaces for these animals to return to and thrive.  This has to change.  The goal of this project is to create genuine wild landscapes and the means for these creatures to return to and build sustainable and thriving populations once again.

Current priority species include takahē and the orange fronted parakeet | kākāriki karaka, with others under development.

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Species in the Wild

The Species in the Wild Project supports both the species and its habitat; the goal is to go beyond survival and to establish sustainable populations in the wild.

It is an ambitious, multi-layered project including:

  • Creating flourishing biodiverse habitats
  • Having prolific and genetically diverse breeding programmes
  • Building conducive transitional wild-like reserves such as large scale aviaries and reserves
  • Successfully transferring species from reserves into the wild
  • Long-term monitoring and analysis and field support to ensure a species is flourishing in its new wild habitat

Every step of the way is important when rescuing a wild species and enabling them to flourish again in their natural habitat.  The breeding programmes are incredibly sophisticated, balancing the care and survival of each and every bird, whilst preserving its wildness to ensure it will have the best chance of survival in its natural habitat.

The identification and preparation of wild spaces takes determination and commitment over the long term and includes research of ecosystems, species monitoring, pest control and often native flora and fauna rebuilding.  From the underground networks and waterways, to the plants and trees, to the invertebrates and the birds in the sky, these wild spaces need to work from a full ecosystem point of view.

Building on past learning and successes with species such as the takahē, the orange fronted parakeet | kākāriki karaka and with a range of wild habitats, there are multiple ways for individuals and businesses to engage in these projects and support them.

If you would like to support or champion our species in the wild please don’t hesitate to give via our donate button or get in contact.  We welcome your support.

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Support the New Zealand Nature Fund

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Your contribution will not just help to save thousands of wildlife and habitats, it will help create a brighter future for our children and theirs. Donate here direct to our bank account or contact us to discuss other options.

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Invest

We are looking for individuals and organisations who want to go further than a one-off donation and significantly invest in the future of New Zealand’s ecosystems. Contact us to identify the best options for you to do this.

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About
The NZ Nature Fund is the new operating name for the NZ National Parks & Conservation Foundation, which has been supporting conservation projects for the last 20 years. The Foundation has managed private donations to a wide range of conservation projects for individuals and businesses alongside the NZ Department of Conservation and multiple delivery partners.

Despite significant support for our most vulnerable environments and as highlighted in the recent Aotearoa New Zealand Biodiversity Strategy (Te Mana o Te Taiao) published by the Department of Conservation, it has become increasingly clear that the battle is not being won.  The rate of decline continues to increase and a major step change in effort and approach is required if decline is to be reversed.

The New Zealand Nature Fund and it’s new approach was established in 2020 to raise significantly higher levels of private investment and donations into conservation and to maximise the impact of those funds.  We work in concert with, but separate from the Department of Conservation, and are aligned with and contribute to wider planetary goals for nature.  We are determined that a new approach can and will protect our most vulnerable and precious habitats and creatures for generations to come.

 

Our people

Trustees of the New Zealand Nature Fund have a wealth of public and private sector experience and expertise.

Hon Denis Marshall QSO
Founder and Chair
Hon Denis Marshall QSO
Founder and Chair
Hon Denis Marshall QSO, was founding Chairman of New Zealand National Parks & Conservation Foundation in 2001. He is a Nuffield Farming Scholar and a former Government Minister, with portfolios including Conservation and Lands. Denis was Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association based in London and has consulted on democracy programmes with the United Nations Development Programme and the World Bank Institute. He lives near Queenstown where he is proprietor of Hawkshead Wines.
Prue, Lady Wallis
Trustee
Prue, Lady Wallis
Trustee
Prue, Lady Wallis, together with her husband Sir Tim Wallis and her entrepreneurial family, have a long and productive involvement in farming, aviation and high-end tourism. Prue is an active supporter of trusts and charities for the environment, the arts, medical research and local groups.
Murray McKee
Trustee
Murray McKee
Trustee
Murray McKee practices as a public policy and risk management adviser in Wellington, and has served on the New Zealand Conservation Authority (a Ministerial advisory body), and two regional Conservation Boards.
Andy Archer
Trustee
Andy Archer
Trustee
Andy Archer was a senior Partner at Ernst & Young until 2017. He is currently a Director and Partner at VCFO Group Ltd specialising in business governance and improvement, taxation, and re-organisations. Andy works across the not-for-profit sector generally, and holds several governance positions helping Diabetes New Zealand Inc. He is a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, Impact Investing, International Fiscal Association.
Evan Blackman
Trustee
Evan Blackman
Trustee
Evan brings significant skills in strategic thinking, business development, building partnerships, and programme leadership, gained through experience across start-ups, corporate and multi-national organisations. Evan's areas of interest include conservation, healthcare and education with a focus on digital transformation in these areas.
Jules Fulton
Trustee
Jules Fulton
Trustee
Jules is a professional civil engineer who studied at University of Canterbury and then worked as a consultant in New Zealand and UK before joining Fulton Hogan in 1993. Jules has been immersed in Fulton Hogan ever since, from project management to regional and general management and for the last 9 years in executive leadership. Jules is now the Group Executive for Culture with responsibility for the leading the culture programmes and being the cultural champion for the company. Jules has been an integral part of impactful partnership between Fulton Hogan, NZNPCF and DOC to save the Takahē. This programme continues to grow and gain traction across multiple regions in New Zealand. A highlight has been the release of 30 Takahe in to the Kahurangi National Park in 2018, the first time in over a century since the Takahe have lived in this area. Jules joined as a trustee in December 2019.
Kate Smith
Trustee
Kate Smith
Trustee
Kate has had a thirty year career in brand strategy, marketing and communications, originally in London and for the past 25 years in NZ. She was Strategic Planning Director for Saatchi & Saatchi NZ for 10 years, and in the past 16 years has run her own consultancy. Kate is based in Queenstown where she loves to get out into the mountains to ski, tramp and enjoy NZ’s incredible outdoor spaces.
Dr Mike Fisk
Trustee
Dr Mike Fisk
Trustee
Following a 40-year medical career, Auckland Ophthalmologist Michael Fisk is devoting his time to the conservation effort. With the support of friends and colleagues he established the ‘Valleys Project’ in 2016 and joined the Fund as a trustee in 2020. He brings both business and conservation expertise to the Fund having developed and managed a substantial city medical and day-surgical centre and establishing an innovative conservation project in Fiordland. He has a simple philosophy of ensuring money invested in conservation goes to the things which make a difference.
Greg Lind
Ambassador
Greg Lind
Ambassador
Greg was a foundation staff member when the Department of Conservation was formed in 1987. Previously he served with the NZ Forest Service and National Parks & Reserves in the Department of Lands and Survey. During 32 years with DOC Greg was based in various field locations from the Catlins, Rakiura/Stewart Island, Southland including managing the NZ Sub-Antarctic Islands, Queenstown and Te Anau/Fiordland National Park. He brings a lifetime of knowledge and achievements in conservation, including the creation of National Parks, Marine Reserves, major pest eradication projects, and visitor management, to our team.
John Ombler
Ambassador
John Ombler
Ambassador
John Ombler, QSO, has extensive experience in public sector management. He has more than 30 years experience in conservation management in New Zealand, in operational, policy, and research and development roles. He is currently involved in a variety of governance, contract and voluntary work.
Mark Christensen
Ambassador
Mark Christensen
Ambassador
Mark Christensen is an expert in resource management and biodiversity law. Mark is a recent member of the New Zealand Conservation Authority and Chair of the Banks Peninsula Conservation Trust. He is actively involved in the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, and the New Zealand Sustainable Business Council.
Richard Riddell
Ambassador
Richard Riddell
Ambassador
Richard Riddell is an Executive Director and Principal of NZAM (New Zealand Assets Management) and has more than 30 years experience in the banking and investment management industries. Richard hails from a farming family. He is a director of a number of private companies and trustee of family and charitable trusts.
Sam Neill, DCNZM, OBE
Ambassador
Sam Neill, DCNZM, OBE
Ambassador
Sam Neill is an actor with many leading roles in film and television in New Zealand and overseas, and an environmentalist. He is also proprietor of Two Paddocks winery in Central Otago.
Sir Tumu Te Heu Heu Tukino VIII, KNZM
Ambassador
Sir Tumu Te Heu Heu Tukino VIII, KNZM
Ambassador
Sir Tumu Te Heu Heu Tukino VIII, Paramount Chief of Ngati Tuwharetoa. Chair NZ Historic Places Ma-ori Heritage Council. Former Chair UNESCO World Heritage Committee. In 1887, his family gifted the land we now know as Tongariro National Park.
Rose Challies
Executive Officer
Rose Challies
Executive Officer
Rose has spent the last 20 years working with governments, independent funders, philanthropists, companies and a range of not for profit organisations within the UK, Europe and internationally to enable social and environmental change. She has championed strategic philanthropy to ensure the most effective work gets support and advised leaders worldwide on how to measure impact effectively, going well beyond numbers and measuring what really causes change. She is passionate about conservation and believes the natural world is at the heart of all of us. She is personally happiest spending time amongst the mountains and forests of the Southern Alps.
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"Nowhere is the loss of biodiversity more pronounced than in Aotearoa New Zealand"
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