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Nature’s voice for 100 years and counting

In 2023 Forest & Bird is celebrating a very significant anniversary - 100 years of conservation mahi - and we want you to join in with the fun. 

Nature’s voice for 100 years and counting

The theme for the Centennial Celebrations is “What is your legacy?” and we’re encouraging Kiwis to take action and do a little, or even a big, something for nature. Read on to find out how you can join in the celebration.

Centennial Speaker Series | Mining Threatens Tāiko Westland Petrels

Tāiko westland petrel in the sea

Credit: West Coast Penguin Trust

Our Centennial Speaker Series is back!

A proposed mining operation in the West Coast threatens tāiko Westland Petrels. The proposed operation will involve 50 years of open cast mining in the Westland pretrels' only breeding ground above the Barrytown Flats near Punakaiki, 24/7 processing, a loadout facility, and trucking of heavy mineral concentrate to Westport, Greymouth or Timaru. For the rare tāiko, this is the wrong mine in the wrong place. 

Join us on Zoom on Wednesday 31 May at 7:30pm to learn more about these fascinating birds and threats to their habitat, and the actions we can take to protect them. 

To attend this webinar, register here. Once you have registered you will receive the event's Zoom link (this can be opened on your normal browser if you do not already have Zoom downloaded on your device). We look forward to seeing you there!

Stamp Design Pātai | Challenge

Stamp design challenge template

Put your creative skills to the test in our Stamp Pātai | Challenge! 

As part of Forest & Bird's centennial, four fabulous nature-themed stamps were designed by Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington artist Rachel Walker and released by NZ Post. 

Can you design a fifth, future-focused nature stamp? 

This competition is open to all ages. Get your design in by 2 July 2023. Designs will be showcased on the Kiwi Conservation Club (KCC) website, and you could be in to win one of five first-day centennial stamp covers

Click here to download the stamp template and submit your design. 

Centennial Speaker Series | Capturing Conservation History on a Stamp

Capturing conservation history on a stamp

Welcome to the second webinar in our Centennial Speaker Series! In this webinar, our panel of speakers discuss the beautiful artworks by Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington-based artist Rachel Walker, the fascinating story behind each stamp and the elements of Forest & Bird's conservation mahi they represent.

The speaker panel for "Capturing Conservation History on a Stamp" includes Lynette Townsend, Stamp Design team lead at NZ Post, and Forest & Bird's project and regional conservation staff.

This webinar is now available to watch here

Tribute to Sanderson

Forest & Bird founder Captain Val Sanderson planting trees, Kapiti Island. Image John Barrett collection

Forest & Bird founder Captain Val Sanderson planting trees, Kapiti Island. Image Rangi Webber, courtesy of the John Barrett Collection.

Forest & Bird partnered with Paekākāriki conservation group Ngā Uruora to unveil a tribute to the life’s work and legacy of Forest & Bird founder, Captain Ernest “Val” Sanderson.

On 29 April, part of the newly-restored Waikākāriki wetland was officially named “Sanderson’s Way” and an exhibition, “Inspired by Sanderson”, was held in his honour.

You can read more about the tribute and Sanderson's legacy here, and check out photos from the event here

Forest & Bird and NZ Post nature-themed stamp collection

Forest & Bird and NZ Post centennial collectible stamp collection

We are delighted to mark our centennial with the release of an exquisite set of nature-themed stamps designed by Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington wildlife artist Rachel Walker and produced by NZ Post.

The beautiful watercolour artworks represent the four main areas of Forest & Bird’s conservation mahi - terrestrial, freshwater, marine and climate – as well as the efforts of thousands of Forest and Bird members, volunteers and staff over the past century who have worked to preserve our endangered wilderness areas and the critters they're home to.

Each stamp has been designed around particular landscapes and species of significance to Forest & Bird and its membership. With kōkako, gecko, tāiko black petrel, a forest ringlet butterfly and so much more – it’s hard to pick a favourite between Kāpiti Island, the Catlins, the Waitākere Ranges and the Buller Plateau.

It’s been our pleasure to work with NZ Post on this collection and we hope stamp collectors and members of the public love the range – stamps, prints, greeting cards & tea towels - as much as we do. We want anyone who cares about Forest & Bird's important work to be able to join in on the celebrations, whether or not they are stamp collectors. Order now!

Māori octopus (Macroctopus maorum) by Madeleine

Māori octopus (Macroctopus maorum) by Madeleine

Centennial Nature Cake Pātai | Challenge

Our Nature Cake Pātai | Challenge closed on 22 March and had over 100 amazing entries sharing creations from the baked and iced to imaginative cakes made from nature.

Thanks to all the preschoolers, kids, youth, and adults who entered. You put so much thought and effort into your edible and inedible/ornamental cakes! The quality and quantity of the entries was absolutely amazing!

Congratulations to our winners - here they are in no particular order:
[You can view all 10 winning cakes here]

  • Māori octopus (Macroctopus maorum) by Madeleine
  • NZ waterfall cake by Noah & Maia (both aged 12)
  • Rubbish cake by Rafael (age 5)
  • Seashore cake by Addison and Jemima (both aged 12)
  • Seed cakes for birds by Belmont Guides (ages 9 - 12)
  • Tuatara cake by Jean and Emil
  • NZ Fungi cake by Tahlia (age 14)
  • Old Blue cake by Rebecca
  • Lizard and Bug Hotel cake by Jasper (age 6)
  • Nature cake by Colton (age 4) and Ava (age 2)

Category 15 and under winner Mihaila Haami with "rakau"

Category 15 and under winner Mihaila Haami with "rakau"

Bushy Park Tarapuruhi photo competition

Thank you to all participants in our recent Bushy Park Tarapuruhi photo competition. The competition was open to all photographers, of all ages, both amateur and professional across two categories (16 & over, and 15 & under) - and we received 67 awesome entries from across the motu.

The judges were charged with looking for well-composed, artistic, and original images that best evoked the competition's theme: the Bushy Park Tarapuruhi ngahere forest.

Judging was blind, which allowed for interesting results, with some winners taking multiple places!

Winners | Category 15 and under:

Category 16 and over winner Mark Brimblecombe with "robin"

Category 16 and over winner Mark Brimblecombe with "robin"

  • 1st | Mihaila Haami | "rakau"
  • 2nd | Bjorn Rains | "Sunlight"
  • 3rd | Bjorn Rains | "Fungi"

Winners | Category 16 and over:

  • 1st | Mark Brimblecombe | "robin"
  • 2nd | Lynette Vallely | "Fungi"
  • 3rd | Lynetter Vallely | "female hihi"

The judges also noted the following photographers for special merit: Christine Jacobson, Andrew Labett, Esther Clemens, John Smart and Susan Goldsworthy.

All the winning photos can be viewed here.

Big Birthday Bashes

Big Birthday Bash birthday cake. Image Forest & Bird

Big Birthday Bash birthday cake. Image Forest & Bird

Almost 100 years to the day that a small group of men and women established the Society in Wellington, we kicked off our celebrations with The Big Birthday Bash parties on 25 & 26 March in Bushy Park TarapuruhiWhanganui; Pelorus Bridge Scenic Reserve Whakatū Nelson; and Lenz Reserve The Catlins - with activities for the whole whānau, including scavenger hunts. Two additional birthday bashes were hosted by our Golden Bay and West Coast branches the same weekend.

Our thanks to all our branches, volunteers, partners and supporters! Watch the video.

Force of Nature concerts

Force of Nature musicians at the Auckland Arts Festival concert on 17 March. Image Marissa Oliver

Force of Nature musicians performing at the Auckland Arts Festival concert on 17 March. Image Marissa Oliver

Eight New Zealand composers took us on a journey inspired by the natural world at three Force of Nature concerts; the premiere was held at the Auckland Arts Festival on 17 March to much acclaim and was followed by performances in Wānaka and Ōtautahi Christchurch on 2 and 3 April.

Read more about the artists and their compositions here and if you would like to enjoy this incredible music in your own home, you can purchase the Force of Nature CD from our shop.

    Other events

    These events are followed by 12 months of fun, inclusive, and thought-provoking activities for all ages to enjoy. A monthly speaker series, the launch of four stunning postage stamps (see both above), our centennial conference at Te Papa, and a tribute to Forest & Bird’s founder Captain Ernest Val Sanderson are just some of the highlights. 



    Most New Zealanders love nature, it’s part of who we are. So, we see this as a once-in-a-100-year chance to encourage thousands of small actions to help nature thrive.  

    There are lots of ways people can make a difference to Forest & Bird's mahi including volunteering at one of our local conservation projects, signing our petitions, or by making a donation or bequest. 

    Even better, encourage your friends and family – or customers – to join Forest & Bird or Kiwi Conservation Club (KCC) or Forest & Bird Youth and create thousands of new voices for nature during 2023!  

    We can’t wait to share stories about the thousands of men, women, and children who have stepped up to be a voice of nature over the past 100 years and what they have achieved.  

    Our founder Captain “Val” Sanderson once said: “Give nature a chance and she will repair the damage.” His successful 1920s campaign to restore Kāpiti Island proved it was possible. 

    He encouraged women and children to be active and passionate conservationists and educated his membership about the need to understand how Māori viewed nature and their role in conservation of our special wildlife and wild places. 


    What will your legacy be?

    Forest & Bird was Sanderson’s legacy, the first modern-day conservation group in Aotearoa – and still as proudly independent today as it was 100 years ago. Every dollar we spend is donated by generous New Zealanders like you. 

    As well as reflecting on Forest & Bird’s rich history, there will be plenty of opportunities during our centennial to think about the future of conservation and what that might look like. 

    Our message is one of hope, reflecting on the power of people to come together to restore nature back to abundance and restore its mana and wellbeing. 

    Five generations of Forest & Bird volunteers and staff have worked together, and with others, to protect and restore nature in Aotearoa.  

    There are many ways we can all make positive changes for the climate and for biodiversity in Aotearoa. Have a look in your backyard, what will your legacy be?

    F&B centennial logo 1923-2023

    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.