Conservation Volunteers New Zealand

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Conservation Volunteers New Zealand was founded in 2006 by Conservation Volunteers Australia. CVNZ's first office opened in Auckland.

Conservation Volunteers New Zealand is a New Zealand not-for-profit conservation organisation [1] that attracts and coordinates volunteers for environmental restoration projects. CVNZ is registered as a charity with the New Zealand Charities Commission.


  • 2006 - Conservation Volunteers New Zealand opens first office in Auckland
  • 2008 - CVNZ opens second office in Punakaiki
  • 2009 - CVNZ opens third office in Hamilton
  • 2009 - CVNZ opens fourth office in Christchurch


All Conservation Volunteers projects involve practical conservation, with activities typically including tree planting, weed control, seed collection, track and trail building and maintenance, heritage restoration projects, and wildlife surveys. Volunteers operate in teams of up to 10, under guidance and instruction of a professional CV Team Leader.


Conservation Volunteers attracts over 10,000 local volunteers per year in Australia and New Zealand, plus over 2,000 international volunteers every year.

Corporate Partnerships[edit]

Conservation Volunteers has a number of successful partnerships with New Zealand businesses. CVNZ has been able to develop partnerships with corporate New Zealand for conservation projects which could not take place without corporate support. Each partnership is tailored to ensure it meets the needs of CVNZ, the company and the environment, and can include elements such as program funding, payroll giving, corporate volunteering, and staff fundraising for conservation.

Punakaiki Coastal Restoration Project[edit]

The Punakaiki Coastal Restoration Partnership is a partnership between CVNZ, the Department of Conservation and Rio Tinto. Rio Tinto has gifted a block of land at Punakaiki to help protect the significant values of forest in the adjoining Nikau Reserve. The gift will create an ecological corridor spanning the mountains to the sea which includes the only nesting ground of the rare Westland black petrel. The partnership was launched by the Hon. Kate Wilkinson, Minister of Conservation, in March 2010.


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