New Zealand

  • New Zealand is home to unique forest ecosystems, including kauri forests, kahikatea swamp forests, pōhutukawa forests and mixed broadleaved forests. These support a diverse flora and fauna that evolved in the almost complete absence of land mammals and are almost entirely made up of native bird species found nowhere else. However, native forests like these have suffered from centuries of logging, forest clearance and invasive species that have reduced them to a fraction of their former range. Your donation will help to plant thousands of trees to restore the island’s indigenous forests and create habitat for wildlife, while stabilising hillsides to prevent erosion and protect local watersheds. 
  • In New Zealand were hard at work restoring the country’s beautiful native forests. Efforts are focused on mobilising support from a coalition of local partners to plant thousands of trees in the Pamoa Forest in the Gisborne District of the North Island. Your support will help get trees in the ground and jump start a brand new forest ecosystem. By planting trees in New Zealand you're helping restore indigenous tree species to previously logged or degraded lands, enhance habitat for native biodiversity and protect local watersheds vital for the water quality of local communities and towns. 

  • A personalized tree certificate to say thanks for your donation. We’ll also send you updates on our New Zealand project, so you can track the impact your trees are having on the community and environment.
  • Our partners choose trees that will bring the greatest overall benefit to the ecosystem and region. This includes various types of native trees and nursery crop species. Depending on the specific needs of each section of habitat being restored, native trees may include manuka, kahikatea, matae, miro, titoki and other indigenous species.

Deforestation in New Zealand

Map of Deforestation in New Zealand EXPLORE ON GFW

Over 80% of New Zealand was once blanketed in native forests of tall evergreen and hardwood trees such as kauri, rata, rimu and podocarpus species. Today, indigenous forests cover around 25% of New Zealand, often in patches and fragments outside of protected areas. Where these forest ecosystems still exist intact they support unique flora and fauna communities, including many endemic bird species such as kererū wood pigeons, kākā parrots, fantails and tui.

Logging and land clearance have taken their toll on much of New Zealand’s native forests and the biodiversity found in them. This has had the greatest impact on lowland forests, significantly reducing some forest types. Today the greatest threats to New Zealand’s indigenous forests come from damage caused by the spread of invasive species, the fragmentation of forest habitats, and the lack of intact forest buffers between them.

STORIES FROM THE FIELD

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New Zealand Wildlife

RESTORE WILDLIFE HABITAT

Restoring forests also means restoring healthy ecosystems that are resilient to stressors like invasive species and climate change. New Zealand's native forests serve as a refuge for local biodiversity and endemic wildlife.

New Zealand Forest Loss

PROTECT WATERSHEDS

Reforestation efforts assist native vegetation in growing back, while preventing erosion and soil run off into rivers and streams. Healthy forests have a huge role to play in safeguarding healthy watersheds benefitting both nature and people.

New Zealand Wildlife

BUILD COMMUNITY

Working with a coalition of community groups, schools and regional organisations, our partners in New Zealand are not only building forests, but building community while mentoring the next generation of forest stewards. 

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