About us

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.
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The fund manages private donations to a wide range of conservation projects 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 the decline is to be reversed.

The New Zealand Nature Fund and its 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.

The NZ Nature Fund is the registered brand name for the NZ National Parks & Conservation Foundation and is a registered charity with the NZ Department of Internal Affairs and has IRD approved donee status. Certificate of Registration Number: CC32894)
Our people

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

Charlotte Fisher
Chair
Charlotte Fisher
Chair
Charlotte has a wealth of experience working on boards for various foundations and businesses. She has held trustee and director roles for multiple organisations, including the Adam Art Gallery Advisory Board at Victoria University; the Victoria University Foundation; the SPCA (Royal New Zealand Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), and SHEO - a start-up business initiative helping promising NZ businesses owned by women. Charlotte and her husband have long been involved in philanthropy and conservation. They have actively restored a range of habitats, including planting 120,000 trees over a period of 25 years.
Hon Denis Marshall QSO
Trustee
Hon Denis Marshall QSO
Trustee
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jonathan Eriksen
Jonathan Eriksen
Trustee
Tane Davis
Tane Davis
Consultant
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Lou Sanson
Trustee
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