Reconnecting Northland

Project Announcement. 

NZ Landcare Trust and WWF-New Zealand are embarking on an ambitious connectivity conservation project at a large landscape scale. 'Reconnecting Northland' is a Northland-wide ecological restoration project and the first of its kind at this scale in New Zealand. It will restore a range of natural processes and ecosystems across the whole region, while also building environmental, social, cultural and economic resilience.

Connectivity conservation or large landscape scale restoration uses a holistic approach to reconnect the landscape and seeks to make space for nature while including human uses of the land. Concepts such as ecological corridors, buffer zones and riparian strips are used to reconnect a mosaic of ecosystems so they can function more efficiently as a whole landscape. The 'Reconnecting Northland' programme will continue for a number of decades; the timescale needed to see improvements in ecological systems at a landscape scale.

Ngaire Tyson from NZ Landcare Trust and  WWF-New Zealand's David Mules are already working on the ground. The next steps are to build a strong base of local involvement through partnerships with iwi, communities, businesses, local and central government agencies, science providers, and others. Programme implementation will begin over the same period by working on a small number of flagship projects, and over time, the programme will support other collaboratively identified emergent projects.

NZ Landcare Trust and WWF-New Zealand believe that Reconnecting Northland will make a significant contribution to restoring the region’s biodiversity and creating a sustainable and resilient environment. We believe that this approach will provide a template for conservation work in New Zealand, benefiting people as well as nature.

For more information contact NZ Landcare Trust Biodiversity Coordinator Ngaire Tyson:

  • 09 430 0954


Projects Within Reconnecting Northland

The first pilot project to gain support within the Reconnecting Northland Initiative is the 'Kiwi Coast Project'. The project aims to create a kiwi corridor stretching from Bream Head to Tutukaka and beyond... project page>

In addition 'Go With the Flow: Northern kaipara Harbour Project' has recieved funding for the first year. If the initial period is successful plans are already in place to expand the project to three years... project page>