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ECO Website

This is the virtual home of ECO. Since 1972 ECO has been the umbrella group for environment and conservation organisations in New Zealand.

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This website has information about ECO and its 50+ member groups as well as news of the environment and major conservation issues in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Please look around our website to learn more about our work and access resources and links of importance.

If you need further information contact the ECO Office in Wellington.

 Contact ECO at this address.

Or phone 0064 4 385 7545

Seasons Greetings


ECO Conference 2018

Communities Protecting Nature: 
Practice, Policy and Law


7-9th September, Napier, at the Pukemokimoki Marae

A Short Version of Conference Programme can be downloaded here

Thanks to all the speakers, participants, Pukemokimoki Marae, field trip organisers and guides.  More information on the conference including some detail about presentations will be posted over the next week.

ECO Conference Pariticipants

Our conference sessions included discussion on enhanced ecosystem- and place-based fisheries and marine management and how the public can be better included. We discussed biosecurity issues and discussed how we can ramp up work and improve networks to protect the environment from risks from weeds, pathogens, predators and marine invasive species. 

Work to protect native species and ecosystems, climate change law and action, water management, and regional, local and national community efforts on better land use, improved water management and kaitiakitanga of ecosystems, are all part of the programme.

ECO Conference Speakers included:

  • Hon David Parker, Minister for the Environment

  • Hon Stuart Nash, Minister of Fisheries

  • Dr Mike Joy, Senior Researcher, School of Government, Victoria University of Wellington

  • James Palmer, Chief Executive, Hawkes Bay Regional Council

  • Dr Christine Cheyne, Associate Professor, School of People, Environment and Planning, Massey University

  • Te Atarangi Sayers, Nga Hapu o Motiti

  • Jenny Mauger, Te Kaiao: Natural Resource Solutions

  • Dr Wren Green, Biodiversity specialist

  • Peter Weir, President NZ Forest Owners Association (Environmental Manager,
    Ernslaw One Ltd)

  • Oliver Wade, Marine Scientist, Hawke’s Bay Regional Council

  • Charles Daugherty, Hawke's Bay Biodiversity Foundation

  • Trevor Taurima, kaumatua for Poutiri Ao o Tane


Thanks for the generous support

Our thanks to Hawke's Bay Regional Council, to the Department of Conservation and Biosecurity NZ for their generous support for our conference.


Department of Conservation

Thanks also to support from:

  • Greta and Abi from Hapi Clean Kai Co-Operative have generously offered to lead the catering and are providing their skills and time for a koha

  • Chantal Organics

  • Bostock Organics

  • Bay Espresso

  • Cornucopia

  • EIT Horticultural Students

  • Kitchen volunteers

Further information on the conference on our Facebook site, Twitter and on Instagram!



$47 for 47 years


ECO New Zealand has been around since 1971 (as CoEnCo from 1971, then ECO from 1976), meeting the needs of the conservation and environment community. We need your help if this work is to continue.

Right now, in mid 2018, we are at a crucial juncture as the effects of climate change become very apparent in our country, and we have a government with a renewed agenda for the environment and conservation.

We need to work hard to make sure that we make significant and urgently needed progress at a time when government is listening.

Please support ECO with your donation.  $47 - or more if you can - really helps us achieve our goals, pays for our sole staff member, means we can do more submissions and more media work, and continue to provide our respected and freely available publications, Tieke and ECOlink.

 We can't do any of this without you. Please give generously today. Thank you!

PS: If you prefer you can donate via internet banking to: 38 9016 0185477 0


Help ECO with our mapping

sensitive environments project


You can help us with a project to map our sensitive environments . At the moment we have no ready means to easily identify what conservation lands and waters might be at risk by being mined.

We need to buy a special computer programme to map where the mining and permitting is happening, to bring together data held in different formats, as well as funds to engage an expert to implement this project over 2017. We have already started this groundbreaking and vital work but your support is needed to help us complete it.

This is a unique attempt to illustrate the risks to some of our most precious landscapes and species. This work is important and we need your help to make this happen. The maps generated will be used to hold the mining industry to account. We need to raise at least $10,000 as the public's contribution.  Go here to donate via our Givealittle page or donate to 38 9016 0185477 00

Funds will be used for:

Buy a special computer programme used in mapping.    

Pay a specialist to operate this programme.

Buy associated hardware


Go to our special cause page on Givealittle to help out!

Thank you!


Other ECO activities


Tieke and ECOBlog

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Current Events

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Volunteer with ECO - click here for opportunities

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To subscribe to our weekly e-newsletter Tieke, email ECO with "subscribe Tieke" in the subject.

To contact our National Office: 04 385 7545 or email us

Use our Resource Centre: an invaluable resource of books, journals and archives of New Zealand and international environmental issues.  Contact the National Office as above.  The Archive is now catalogued on The Community Archive.  Take a look and email us with any inquiries about consulting material.



ECOLink News and Analysis

The latest, and all back copies of ECOLink are online at this link.  If you want to subscribe to get ECOLink regularly become a Friend of ECO.  For information on becoming an ECO Friend.

The January-March 2018 issue of ECOlink is now available on the publications page.

his issue contains articles on the Tax Working Group, ending oil and gas drilling, zero carbon actions, National's new environment spokespeople, South Pacific Fisheries management, CP TPPA, New Zealand coastal policy statement, Fisheries electronic monitoring, South East marine reserves proposals, Higher Living standards framework, new ECO member groups the Toimata Foundation and Our Climate Declaration, Hauraki Gulf State of the Environment report 2017, UMR survey on New Zealanders' views of the primary sector.  Click here to read the issue as a downloadable PDF.

The October-December 2017 issue of ECOLink is  available on the publications page.

This issue contains articles on the new coalition government and its commitments and funding; an update on the ECO office and ECO activities; a report on the policy resolutions from the AGM and Conference in Nelson in August; ECO welcomes no new mining on conservation land; Biosecurity 2025 by Cath Wallace; an article by Catherine Cheung from Climate Justice Taranaki on more Shell mining in Taranaki; opposing the anti-mangroves Bill; the Ross Sea MPA, marine debris and plastics; and a book review.  Click here to read the whole issue.


The July-August 2017 issue of ECOLink is available at this link.

This issue covers the upcoming ECO Conference 2017, Carbon commission and carbon budgeting, squid fishery plans for sea lions, progress to protect High seas biodiversity, Mangroves Bill, aquaculture in NES, freshwater rescue plan, water conservation order in Hawke's Bay, Supreme Court decision on Ruataniwha, access to environmental legal aid restricted, Labour and Greens commit to environmental protection in Coromandel, World Heritage areas still not protected from mining, massive seabed mining given go-ahead - appeal likely, and Special Economic zones.


The June-July 2016 Issue has details on our 2016 conference and other issues.  See here.


The April-May 2016 Issue
NZ needs to reform fisheries management; Incorporated Societies Act proposed changes; Health and Safety Act chanings in force now; Past ECOLinks, Volunteers & ECO Archives; New Exec Members - is that you?; OECD team reviews NZs environmental performance; Resource Legislation Bill amends Conservation & other Acts; Environmental Protocol to Antarctic Treaty - 25th Anniversary; Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary & Marine Protected Areas; Fonterra Coal-fired boiler a "death star"; Te Kuha, China & the price of coal; Biosecurity needs more priority & funding; Guava moth - another biosecurity mess? New ECO member: Kiwis Against Seabed Mining; Obituary: Remembering Bob Fantl; Obituary Tom Hay - forest campaigner.

The Nov-Dec 2015 IssueECO Link Nov-Dec 2015
Resource Legislation Amendment Bill - submissions; New OPen Cast Coal Mine near Mokau Proposed - submissions; Topics for Environmental Reporting -submissions; Emission Trading System REview - submissions; To Bee or Not to Bee?; COP21 - a pivotal agreement; People's climate marches in NZ; Paris Agreement - a start not an end; Fossil Fuel Subsidies in NZ & Divestment; Antarctic protection remains Stalled but Progress Possible; Wangapeka Track too Precious to Road.

The Sept-Oct 2015 Issue
Fonterra NZ Second biggest coal user; Open Government, participative, Info & Public; ECO Update; Kermadec Success; Auckland SER2015; Fossil Fuel Inudstry and Dairying; Parliamentary Legislation, reports and petitions; TPPA & OIA; Biodiversity Offsets; ECO Conference 2015: Water Quality Failings Risk; ECO AGM & Water Permits; MPI Review of Fisheries Management; Book Offer; Antarctic Marine Protection - will countries block again?; ECO Submission on Permanent Forest Sink Initiative; ECO Submission on NES for Plantation Forestry.

ECO Link May-June 2015The May-June 2015 issue
This issues covers: Climate Consultation - targets for Paris; ECO Conference - Freshwater; ECO Update; Shell BP Todd Maui Wells passed "best by date"; Fracking - the personnel experience; Water and Health concerns of fracking; Environment Minister's budget allocation - trimmed; Environmental Reporting Bill; Puriri Dieback spreading; What's on your plate, pet or things you use? Roundup; Antarctic Environmental Research; RMA changes still brewing; In the hills - NZ Indigenous Conifers; New Polar Code rules will not protect Antarctic waters; Antarctic Matters.

The Feb-March 2015 issue
This issue covers: Auckland Kauri tree threat product of changes to the RMA; EPA turns down Chatham Rosk Phosphate; Karangahake Mine Update; Antarctic toothfish pirate fishing - countries are closing in; Agreement on jack mackerel and IUU vessels; Climate Change Special: Long way for NZ to catch up on climate protection; Climate negotiations - from Lima to Paris - what's NZ hiding? New Zealand, the farce follower; Jobs After Coal - A just transition for NZ Communities; EEZ Maui Gas Bill; Impactsof oil and gas in Taranaki; Setting NZ's Post-2020 GHG Reduction Target(s).

Other ECOLink issues can be downloaded here


ECO Working Groups

For more details see here.

See the Coastal and Catchment working group paper on the New Zealand Coastal Policy Statement 2010. The complete analysis may be downloaded here. (380KB).

ECO has released a report on the Environmental Effects of Plantation Forestry which is a case study in the Ngunguru Catchment in Northland.  More details can  be found here.


ECOs Digital Tools to Manage Environmental Projects

ECO project on Tools for gathering environmental information and monitoringThe project aims to provide easy access to digital tools to help community groups with conservation and environmental projects.

ECO’s Digital Tools to Manage Environmental Projects have been developed to assist community and environmental groups in their projects to monitor and manage information.  Digital tools can be used in a wide range of circumstances, examples include monitoring bird numbers after pest control, monitoring resource management decisions, compare mining applications with protected areas and biodiversity in the area.  This includes demonstrations of the use of Geographic Information System tools available to empower groups to make use of data gathered during environmental projects.

It is designed as an online learning environment to guide and assist participants.  The first module is “Methods to collect and manage data” and the second, “Mapping and analysis tools”.

ECO would like to know what tools you already use, and which may be useful to you. Please visit the “Moodle” for further information.