Help create an Aotearoa where our unique species and taonga are
cared for and sustained by us all.

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Right now NZ is facing a biodiversity crisis

  • Over 7,500 species are at risk of extinction

  • 800 of these are listed by the Department of Conservation as being at a high risk of extinction.

  • Only 25% of these species are currently able to be actively managed by DOC.

Your donation will help us advocate for change, highlight solutions, and involve all New Zealanders to make a difference.


Help give our most vulnerable species the best chance

Choose from one of the projects below to to help resource positive change for some of Aotearoa’s most endangered species and their habitats.
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Tara iti, NZ Fairy Tern Protection Programme

We need your help to advocate for this tiny bird, that has chicks the size of a bumble bee.

The tara iti, New Zealand fairy tern is our most threatened bird. There are only nine breeding pairs left and the birds survive on the beaches between Whangarei and Auckland. The Endangered Species Foundation has identified tara iti, the New Zealand Fairy Tern in its Top Ten Most Endangered Species List.

With your support we can work to stop sand mining, beach narrowing, weed invasion, predators, human disturbance and loss of marine life, which are all a major threat to these birds.

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Top 50 Endangered Species List

We urgently need to update our Top 50 most endangered species list so that we can make all New Zealanders aware of the species at biggest risk of extinction.

In order to update the list of Aotearoa’s top 50 most endangered species we need to:

  • Collaborate to confirm lists with Science Advisors

  • Update lists on website

  • Update factsheets of top 50

  • Engage in media work and social media campaigns to draw attention to species that have been lost and actions that need to be taken for new top 50.


With your help we can increase awareness of what needs to be done to save these unique and beautiful creatures.


Māui Dolphin Drone Project

The world’s smallest and rarest marine dolphin is teetering on the brink of extinction.

With a population of approximately 63 individuals, the Māui dolphin (Cephalorhynchus hectori maui), a species found only in New Zealand, is listed as ‘Critically Endangered’ by the IUCN.

MAUI63 are developing an Artificial Inteligence (AI) powered tracking drone to autonomously find, follow and uniquely identify Māui and Hector’s dolphins.


By identifying individual dolphins, knowing where they are and when they are there, we can protect them from key threats and hopefully halt the decline towards extinction.

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Tairawhiti Ngutukākā – East Coast kaka beak

Once there were only 145 Ngutukākā left in the wild, now, thanks to the help of dedicated people on the East Coast, over 800 species were planted last year.


This project seeks to facilitate the return of threatened Ngutukākā to appropriate landscapes across Te-Ika-a-Maui - the North Island of Aotearoa, to ensure the long term survival of this iconic species.

We need your help to fund more plantings, engage marae and kura / schools, and share the traditions of this taonga species so people can be educated and informed on how best to grow, care for and protect Ngutukākā.