We are the world's leading independent conservation organisation and we're working here in Aotearoa New Zealand to create a future where people live in harmony with nature.

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New Zealand has incredible wildlife and wild places - and we want to make sure it stays that way.

WWF-New Zealand is part of the world’s largest organisation dedicated to protecting nature and looking after the planet.

Looking after the oceans and the animals that live there is one of WWF’s top global priorities, and because New Zealand has stunning and unique sea life, our focus here is on looking after our marine animals especially those on the brink of extinction like the Māui dolphins.

We also work with local communities to protect our endangered species, and look after the beautiful native bush and amazing landscapes of New Zealand.

Our mission is broader than protecting animals; we are here to help look after the planet as a whole and are committed to inspiring people to take action on climate change to help move New Zealand and the world to a clean, green energy future.

All of our work is made possible by the support of our brilliant and dedicated supporters. 

Our Commitment To Tangata Whenua:

At WWF, we strongly believe that recognising the rights, territories, laws and culture of tangata whenua are crucial to delivering inclusive and sustainable development and finding the most effective solutions to the most pressing environmental problems.

WWF-New Zealand is committed to working in accordance with Māori knowledge and guidance, including partnering with Māori and local communities where and when invited to do so.

Partnering with Māori (and indigenous communities outside of Aotearoa) embraces their knowledge, sovereignty, governance and leadership, which are crucial to conserving threatened wildlife and restoring precious habitats, as well as advancing economic stability, food security and other specific community needs.

To ensure and evidence that we are transparent and accountable, we have a safeguarding system in place globally. Safeguards are designed to manage risks, uphold human rights and ensure our projects deliver better outcomes for communities and nature.

We use safeguards to identify, avoid and mitigate any negative social and environmental impacts and maximize positive outcomes from our work. We apply safeguards in the design, implementation and monitoring of work we fund or directly manage in landscapes and seascapes across the world.

Learn more about WWF’s Environmental and Social (E&S) Safeguards here.

If you would like to provide feedback on WWF-New Zealand’s work or involvement with tangata whenua, please contact us here.

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