Wild for Taranaki is a community driven approach to restore the natural environments of Taranaki.

Wild for Taranaki is the identity of the Taranaki Biodiversity Trust, the regional biodiversity coordination agency with a membership of 44 groups, agencies and organisations carrying out conservation work around the Taranaki region. As well as pooling information and helping to co-ordinate the work of its members, Wild for Taranaki administers the Community Biodiversity Fund, which funds biodiversity projects that support the regions ecological priorities. Wild for Taranaki is launching a landscape scale restoration project – Restore Taranaki, in 2018.

All eight Taranaki iwi post settlement entities are members of Wild for Taranaki. This recognises the important role that tangata whenua play as kaitiaki and the integral part they play in biodiversity management. As Wild for Taranaki work programmes develop, so too will our relationships with iwi, hapū and marae.

 Why are we Wild for Taranaki?

Taranaki’s ‘can do’ attitude and natural environment are at the heart of its economy – it is the energy capital of New Zealand for oil and gas, a highly productive farming environment and a region where tourism is growing. The Lonely Planet’s “Best in Travel 2017” named Taranaki as the second best region in the world to visit. It is also a region of significant biodiversity restoration and sustainable land management initiatives. Undertaken by individuals, iwi, community groups, local, regional and national government agencies, these initiatives encompass a diverse range of activities which extends from the coast to the hinterland and through urban and rural areas.  Wild for Taranaki seeks to encourage kotahitanga/collaboration between these initiatives.

He waka eke noa

A canoe we are all in with no exception

What we do

The goals of Wild for Taranaki are to:

  • Encourage and empower people to get involved in protecting and restoring biodiversity,
  • Engage with all groups with an interest in protecting the environment of Taranaki,
  • Support the work already being done by individuals, community groups and organisations,
  • Raise the profile of biodiversity in our community,
  • Foster collaboration,
  • Support and develop new projects,
  • Raise funds to support this work.

Wild for Taranaki staff, members and board are currently working on developing a solid basis for growth into the future. With the help of experts, plans are underway for a ground breaking landscape scale restoration project – Restore Taranaki, and fundraising and communications plans are being developed.

How did Wild for Taranaki begin?

The momentum and significant work being undertaken by the community led to the convening of the first Taranaki Biodiversity Forum in 2008. Its purpose was to provide an opportunity for the community to meet, share information, discuss common issues and advance biodiversity in the region. A key focus was to enable a more collaborative effort. This led to the development of the Taranaki Biodiversity Forum Accord in 2012 which set out agreed priorities and actions in order to coordinate and add value to the respective efforts of the 19 initial Accord partners in order to promote common biodiversity outcomes over the Taranaki region in the next 10 years (2012-2022).

This initial work led to the development of a new entity – the Taranaki Biodiversity Trust in 2015, which has 9 Trustees, 6 elected by members and 3 appointed by the Board. The Wild for Taranaki brand was launched by the Trust in 2016 and is now made up of 44 community groups, iwi, organisations and agencies involved in biodiversity work in the region. You can find out more about our members here.

Maggie Barry and the Trust Board at the Wild for Taranaki launch, February 2016