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Distinguished Life Member Award

Given in recognition of significant long term service in advancing conservation and the Society’s objectives, in particular at a National level, this is the Society’s highest award.  This person will have acted in a manner seen as over and above that normally expected. This award goes to just one exceptional individual each year.

Previous Winners

Old Blue Award

‘Old Blue’ was the Chatham Island Black Robin who saved her whole species from extinction.  Open to members and non-members this award recognises those who have made a significant contribution to advancing the Society’s objectives at a Branch level or through non-Society conservation work. Up to five awards are made each year. 

Previous Winners

Branch Award

This award will recognise the hard work put in by Forest & Bird branches from across New Zealand - everything from controlling pest plants and animals, restoring native ecosystems, planting trees, or doing advocacy work. This new award has taken the place of our previous Pest Buster and Golden Spade award for predator and pest control. Branches are nominated by our Regional Managers.

Te Kaiārahi Rangatahi o te Taiao Youth Award

Many young people undertake truly remarkable initiatives to protect and restore our unique natural environment, this award will recognise that special young person who shows leadership, initiative and who is making a difference.

Previous Winners

Kōtuku Award | Te Tohu Kōtuku

For outstanding guardianship | Mō te tiakitanga ahurei

A Kōtuku Award may be awarded to an individual, or group, outside the Society, who has/have made an outstanding and profound contribution to environmental management or guardianship in Aotearoa New Zealand. The work may include: outstanding guardianship or ground breaking conservation work at a local or regional level that will assist conservation throughout the country or successfully advocated for law changes to benefit sound environmental management in wider Aotearoa New Zealand. This Award to be presented at the annual conference or at a special event. 

Tī-kōuka Award |Te Tohu Tī-kōuka

For a significant contribution to conservation over a long period of time | Mō te tāpaetanga hira ki te mahi tiaki taiao

The Tī Kōuka Award (symbolising longevity and persistence). This may be awarded to a member who has made a significant contribution, over a long period of time, to furthering the conservation aims of the society at a local or regional level, including practical hands on work; fulfilling organisational, administrative or representational roles on behalf of their Branch; fulfilling any other role that can be shown to have significantly progressed the Society’s objectives. This Award is to be presented by a Board member at a regional meeting, island gathering or local branch meeting; but announced at the annual conference. There is no nomination form for this award - Forest & Bird's Board selects the recipients.


Nominations for the Old Blue and Youth awards are now open. Please send your nomination and any supporting documents to The closing date for nominations for the Old Blue and Youth Awards is 5pm on Thursday 28 February 2019. The forms have been updated so please ensure that you use the 2018 versions. Incomplete forms, or nominations sent through on old forms, will be returned. All nominations need to be approved by the branch committee.  Submission of nominations can be done either via the Forest & Bird branch email address or via mail.  ( or Lorraine Corrigan PO Box 631 Wellington 6140)

Joining our board

To nominate yourself to sit on our board, please visit 'Our Society' page to find out more. 

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