Wellington Regional Biodiversity Framework

The Collaborative Working Group has now been formed

Designing a shared way forward for our region's biodiversity


Announced: the group of experts to guide us through this project.

Read more here.

Our region is full of enthusiastic people and agencies working hard to improve this unique environment. Planting trees, protecting rivers, supporting native birds, cleaning up coastlines and more.

All this effort is going a long way to restoring the damage done to our ecosystems over time. However there’s still much more we can do.

So we’re taking the opportunity to help connect all our conservation efforts, work better together, and take even bigger steps forward for the environment in our region.

The project to get us there

The Wellington Regional Biodiversity Framework (WRBF) project will bring together agencies, mana whenua, NGOs, community groups, industry groups, and others to design a Framework.

The Framework will look at voluntary approaches to supporting biodiversity and also acknowledge related policies and regulations.

The process

This project was started by Greater Wellington Regional Council in partnership with mana whenua and the Department of Conservation. We ran a series of workshops in 2018 to identify opportunities.

We then made an open call on this page for applicants to apply to be on the Collaborative Working Group (CWG) for the project.

Our role now becomes group member, supporter and facilitator. The group, independently co-chaired in partnership with mana whenua, will drive the project forward.

To read the terms of reference for the group, see the document library to the right.



To stay informed of the progress of this project, click on the 'register for updates' button at the top of this page.



Designing a shared way forward for our region's biodiversity


Announced: the group of experts to guide us through this project.

Read more here.

Our region is full of enthusiastic people and agencies working hard to improve this unique environment. Planting trees, protecting rivers, supporting native birds, cleaning up coastlines and more.

All this effort is going a long way to restoring the damage done to our ecosystems over time. However there’s still much more we can do.

So we’re taking the opportunity to help connect all our conservation efforts, work better together, and take even bigger steps forward for the environment in our region.

The project to get us there

The Wellington Regional Biodiversity Framework (WRBF) project will bring together agencies, mana whenua, NGOs, community groups, industry groups, and others to design a Framework.

The Framework will look at voluntary approaches to supporting biodiversity and also acknowledge related policies and regulations.

The process

This project was started by Greater Wellington Regional Council in partnership with mana whenua and the Department of Conservation. We ran a series of workshops in 2018 to identify opportunities.

We then made an open call on this page for applicants to apply to be on the Collaborative Working Group (CWG) for the project.

Our role now becomes group member, supporter and facilitator. The group, independently co-chaired in partnership with mana whenua, will drive the project forward.

To read the terms of reference for the group, see the document library to the right.



To stay informed of the progress of this project, click on the 'register for updates' button at the top of this page.



The Collaborative Working Group has now been formed

  • New biodiversity group gathers

    2 months ago

    We are so pleased to finally announce the group that will drive this project forward.

    Members represent a diverse range of skills and experiences, from experts in mātauranga Māori to amazing community initiatives that have made huge strides forwards and those with important local and central government perspectives.

    The role of this group will be to develop a framework for future collaboration on biodiversity in our region. We can make a bigger difference if we work better together.

    Full information on each of the group members will be available very soon.

    See the full press release on this announcement below.

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    We are so pleased to finally announce the group that will drive this project forward.

    Members represent a diverse range of skills and experiences, from experts in mātauranga Māori to amazing community initiatives that have made huge strides forwards and those with important local and central government perspectives.

    The role of this group will be to develop a framework for future collaboration on biodiversity in our region. We can make a bigger difference if we work better together.

    Full information on each of the group members will be available very soon.

    See the full press release on this announcement below.


    ‘Ki uta ki tai’ is an expression of the richness found across the Wellington Region from our mountain ranges to the sea.

    Like our region, a passionate and diverse range of experienced practitioners and activists make up a new group with an ambitious goal - to design a Wellington Regional Biodiversity Framework seeking future gains for biodiversity conservation in the region.

    The project is a partnership between Greater Wellington Regional Council, mana whenua partners, Department of Conservation and the wider community.

    The goal of the Collaborative Working Group is to draw together perspectives of a wide range of individuals and groups in the community who are working hard restoring our region’s native species and ecosystems and design a shared way forward that will join up and boost these efforts.

    The group’s members represent the perspectives and values of the sectors and communities they work in and connect to. The Ara Tahi Leadership Forum has appointed an ohu (advisory group) of three members representing western, central and eastern parts of the region to bring a strong Māori approach to underpin the project.

    “It’s incredibly important to us that we gather a wide range of views. Based upon practices informed by nature, Māori have proven ways of working in collaboration that seek to heal and preserve all the domains between Ranginui (sky) and Papatuānuku (earth). As a new group we’re committed to working together in a shared way that is informed by our region’s unique biodiversity approaches, past, present and future. In the end, we are each responsible for the legacy we leave for future generations.” – Sharlene Maoate-Davis, co-chair of the group

    Forest cover across the region has fallen massively, with just 28 per cent remaining since human arrival and only less than three per cent of its wetlands remain. Pest animals and plants continue to undermine the quality of what’s left and many native species struggle to survive. Our coastlines and coastal seas also show the stresses of development and climate change.

    “We’re so glad to be making this announcement. This group coming together is a significant milestone for the project. Now we can start the process of planning how to support and restore our region’s biodiversity, together.” – Dr Paul Blaschke, co-chair of the group

    Other regional councils in New Zealand have had some success in launching similar processes. These also support the national goal of halting the decline of indigenous biodiversity (the diversity of plants, animals, and habitats native to New Zealand).

    A National Policy Statement for Indigenous Biodiversity and a New Zealand Biodiversity Strategy are currently being prepared by central government agencies. It is likely that these will place a greater emphasis on regional direction for biodiversity protection.

    The group will be holding its first meeting later in June and the project will be launched publicly in July, coinciding with the rise of Matariki and Māori New Year. The project is expected to take up to two years.

    The group will seek input from the wider community and expertise from all relevant regional sectors. For more information, visit the public page found on the Greater Wellington ‘Have Your Say’ website https://haveyoursay.gw.govt.nz/wrbf.

    Group members

    Sharlene Maoate-Davis
    Co-chair. Māori consultant, facilitator and rongoā practitioner

    Liam Daly
    Science graduate and youth conservationist

    Dr Paul Blaschke
    Co-chair. Environmental consultant and teacher

    Sam Ludden
    Artist

    Sharli-Jo Solomon
    Western ohu representative

    Andy McKay
    Community conservationist

    Jenny Ngarimu
    Central ohu representative

    Paul Ward
    Capital Kiwi founder and community conservationist

    Ra Smith
    Eastern ohu representative

    Zoe Studd
    Marine environmental scientist and educator

    Daniela Biaggio
    Local authority biodiversity leader

    Paul Shortis
    Ornithologist and recreationalist

    Quentin Duthie
    Environmental policy advisor

    Maggie Ford
    Department of Conservation

    Dr Barry Wards
    Experienced conservation leader

    Ali Caddy
    Greater Wellington Regional Council

    Dr Danielle Shanahan
    Urban conservation scientist and manager