About NZ Landcare Trust

We focus on effective catchment management to improve the land and water quality in our country.

We partner with farmers, stakeholders, agencies; and community catchment and landcare groups to make a tangible difference in the future of New Zealand’s waterways and landscapes. We are here to help preserve and protect our land, rivers, streams and tributaries for future generations. Learn our history, read our stories and find out more about NZ Landcare Trust.

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Sustainable land and water management is our main focus.

Our Trust

Established in 1996, NZ Landcare Trust is an independent charitable organisation. It is one of the only national, non-government organisations working with the land user community to encourage and support sustainable land and water management.

The organisation has flourished thanks to its practical, community-based approach. Led by freshwater ecologist Dr Nick Edgar, the Trust's head office can be found in Hamilton, based within the grounds of the University of Waikato.

A dedicated team of experienced Regional and Project Coordinators are based throughout the country - and this is a key feature of the Trust and its long-standing success.

The Trust brings together and unifies diverse interest groups, such as those from the dairy industry, landowners, recreational land users, and many more.

This is achieved by including representatives from these groups on our Board of Trustees from Federated Farmers of New Zealand; Federated Mountain Clubs; Federation of Maori Authorities; Fish and Game New Zealand; Ecologic Foundation; Rural Women New Zealand; and Royal Forest and Bird Society of New Zealand.

Our Work

At a practical level, NZ Landcare Trust supports landowners, farmers and community groups to carry out sustainable land and catchment management projects.

Regional and Project Coordinators understand the needs of rural communities and work closely with them. Strong networks form a key component, with relationships based on trust and mutual respect.

The Trust works closely with the scientific community. The dissemination of accurate, relevant information is essential and this is achieved through events such as field days and workshops. Scientists, farmers,landowners and community groups have the opportunity to share knowledge and improve skills. We also have many relevant and interesting resources that we happily have available on this website for download.