The initiative aims to restore, create and connect healthy habitats in the North-West, so that our native birds and wildlife can thrive once again.


The North-West Wildlink: Connecting nature across Auckland

The Hauraki Gulf Islands and Waitakere Ranges sanctuaries provide safe breeding grounds for native birds and other at risk species such as tuatara, weta punga and a large range of lizards. Because of these safe havens, we are starting to see the return of more native birds to the mainland. We have a fantastic opportunity to encourage more native animals back to the suburbs, because:

  • The North-West already has great habitat ‘stepping stones” – while a few of our native birds can fly large distances, the majority of our native birds will only fly 2.5km or less between habitats, so we need more!

  • It’s only 50km between Tiritiri Matangi and Ark in the Park

  • Thousands of local people are already helping support our wildlife in the North-West – there are more than 130 community and volunteer groups doing pest control and restoration, helping to provide safe passage for native birds across the land.

“For me and many other conservationists, the North-West Wildlink has inspired our conservation efforts for many years.”

— Richard Hursthouse, Chair Forest & Bird North Shore Branch, Chair Centennial Park Bush Society, member of Kaipatiki Restoration Network and Pest-Free Kaipatiki steering group.

The North-West Wildlink is supported by a large and diverse Partnership Group of Auckland’s leading environmental organisations:

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“There is something that is unique to us, that is rooted back in the eons of time, and it’s our wildlife. England has Stonehenge, China has the Great Wall, France has the Lascaux cave paintings… but our heritage is our wildlife”

— Sir Paul Callaghan.

Our Big Backyard: A North-West Wildlink initiative

The Partnership Group are supporting collaboration and more action through their campaign Our Big Backyard.

Auckland’s Environment and Conservation Survey Reports

To support our work, and to gain a better understanding what environmental and community capacity building actions are currently being undertaken by Aucklanders and what stops potential action, the North-West Wildlink Partnership Group commissioned the Social Monitoring Programme (published as the Auckland’s Environment and Conservation Survey).

Click the links below to access the individual reports.

Example of Summary Results from Survey Reports

Example of Summary Results from Survey Reports

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