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New Zealand






% Protected

New Zealand’s famous coastlines and rolling green hills look pristine, but belie a more complex story. Overgrazing has placed New Zealand squarely in the nature “could recover” category. New Zealand’s indigenous grasslands (and the many rare species these ecosystems support) are approaching the imperiled status.

New Zealand

New Zealand's Ecology

In the last two decades, mounting environmental awareness and international attention have led to the establishment of several new protected areas in New Zealand. These areas increase the likelihood that New Zealand will conserve what remains of its stunning natural heritage. Yet much still needs to be done to interconnect these areas and restore important landscapes that have been degraded by overgrazing.

Half (Mission Achieved)

Ecologically intact & protected landscapes comprise 50% or more of this country.

Can Reach Half

Intact landscapes lacking protected status comprise 50% or more of this country.

Could Be Restored

Between 20-40% of landscapes are still ecologically intact.


Less than 20% of the natural ecology of this area is intact.

The Nature Needs Half movement is only as strong as its member organizations. Discover more about the individuals and organizations who have committed to protecting 50% of the planet by 2050.
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Nesting Kiwi Bird. Photo by Maungatuari Ecological Island Trust.
Fiordland National Park

Fiordland nourishes dozens of rare species, such as the crested penguin and the brown kiwi, and is New Zealand’s largest area of unmodified vegetation.

New Zealand herb field. Photo by Bernard Smith.
Kahurangi National Park

Kahurangi is as wild as it is accessible. An inspiring mix of alpine herbfields and coastal forests, it showcases New Zealand’s stunning ecological diversity.

Happy Snapper. Photo by Fir0002.
Poor Knights Island Marine Reserve

After receiving protected area status, this marine reserve experienced an 818% increase in snapper biomass, a keystone species for reef health.

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