Our Story

Empowering our community to restore our natural environment.

Wild for Taranaki is New Zealand’s FIRST regional biodiversity Trust, created in 2015 to advocate for over 40 environmental groups working within Taranaki to protect and enhance our region’s unique native plants, animals, and ecosystems.

Wild for Taranaki’s activities are coordinated and supported by a small management team who perform the necessary administrative, policy and project management roles. Wild for Taranaki is the coordinator for the Restore Taranaki Initiative and shares the vision with its members, of restoring Taranaki’s biodiversity by 2050.

Wild for Taranaki encourages individuals, groups and organisations to work together in partnership. Together, we can achieve far more than we can by working in isolation. Through collaboration, sharing of knowledge and information, we will achieve success and fulfil our vision for the future.

Wild for Taranaki is:

  • Supporting and helping to grow the work of Wild for Taranaki members
  • Providing regional coordination
  • Providing information and resources
  • Promoting and advocating for biodiversity protection and restoration
  • Mobilising the wider community to become involved in the Restore Taranaki Initiative

What is biodiversity and why do we need to protect it?

Biodiversity is generally considered as a measure of diversity at a genetic, species or ecosystem level. From an environmental perspective, biodiversity refers to the variety of life within a habitat. New Zealand’s biodiversity encompasses an estimated 80,000 species of native animals, plants and fungi found only in our country, making it a global hotspot for biodiversity. In the right mix, these species live and work together to form healthy functioning ecosystems which provide us with clean air, healthy soil and, fresh water which is key to our survival. Unfortunately, in recent years, pest species and habitat loss have driven numerous native species into decline. Urgent action is required to prevent further loss of biodiversity in New Zealand and to preserve our iconic species for future generations.

Unless someone like YOU cares a whole awful lot, NOTHING is going to get better. It’s NOT. Dr Seuss, The Lorax

Photo Credit: Sam Mortensen