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Bar-tailed godwits flock in Motu Manawa with the skytower behind them
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Bar-tailed godwits (kuaka) are just one example of the wetland birds supported by Motu Manawa's unique ecosystem. 


A Law to Bring Back Nature

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The reboot of New Zealand’s main environment and infrastructure law is our chance to reclaim our quality of life, protect the climate, and bring back nature to our communities, where it belongs.

Why it matters

Using the Resource Management Act, Forest & Bird has saved many precious environments, and created powerful precedents for environmental protection. But doing so has been far harder and more expensive than it should have been, and there are many places we have not been able to save from developers, miners, land holders, and the government itself.

New Zealand is embarking on a process that could change all that. A proposed new law  - The Natural and Built Environments Act could achieve what the RMA began 30 years ago, and bring nature back to a world where we all live well.

We must learn from the RMA, and put nature first in the new Act. The purpose of the Natural and Built Environments Act must be to protect our fundamental need for a healthy environment.

RMA Reform Webinar: Submission Guide

What can you do

Getting the NBEA right is a big focus for Forest & Bird. We made a submission on the Natural and Built Environments Bill - Exposure Draft in August. You can read our submission below. 

Nature needs your support

Supporting Forest & Bird is one of the best things you can do for New Zealand's environment. We need people like you to support us, so that nature will always have a voice.