Reconnecting Northland

The view from Mount Manaia at the Whangarei Heads. The Northland landscape can be reconnected to make it a better place for wildlife and people
© NZ Landcare Trust

WWF-New Zealand and NZ Landcare Trust, supported by the Tindall Foundation, Foundation North and the HSBC Water Programme demonstrate partnership success in an ambitious conservation project at a large landscape scale - Reconnecting Northland.
Reconnecting Northland is a region-wide ecological restoration project – the first of its kind at this scale in New Zealand – which will restore natural processes and ecosystems across the whole region, while helping people improve their social, cultural and economic well-being.

“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. So far, the project has attracted funding of $3 million over the first 5 years.

A team of five staff are working on the ground in Northland, supported by a local Steering Group. First, we are building a strong base of local involvement through partnerships with iwi, communities, businesses, local and central government agencies, science providers, and others.

At the same time, we are working on a small number of pilot projects.The first, Kiwi Coast, aims to reconnect kiwi habitat across the east coast of Northland. Over time, and with the benefit of a locally developed strategic plan, the programme will partner with a range of other projects across Northland. 

If you want to know more, or find out how you can get involved, contact Eamon Nathan, Reconnecting Northland Programme Manager.

Whenua ora, wai ora, tangata ora

Reconnecting Northland's Vision:

 Our land and people flourishing together

Reconnecting Northland's Mission:

To inspire and support Northlanders to be active in the care and kaitiakitanga of our environment for the wellbeing of Te Tai Tokerau
© Green Ribbon Awards
Green Ribbon Awards 2016 winner
© Green Ribbon Awards


June 2016
Reconnecting Northland won the Philanthropy and Partnership category at the 2016 Green Ribbon Awards.

Ngati Hine kaumatua and Reconnecting Northland chair, Kevin Prime, was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to conservation and iwi.