Restoring nature alongside the Great Walks
Air New Zealand invests in large biodiversity projects alongside the Great Walks network – enabling over 38,000 ha of sustained pest control and the return of native birdsong to these special places.
This expansion of pest trapping networks means we’re able to create safer places for taonga species such as whio, takahē, kiwi, rock wren, kea, kākā, south island robin and many other forest birds.
The partnership also funds species management projects including bird surveys and health checks; translocations to grow populations of rare birds and remote sensor trail cameras and acoustic recorders to understand how the health of the area is being restored.
Find out more about the biodiversity projects on the Whanganui Journey, Abel Tasman Coast Track, Heaphy Track, Paparoa Track, Routeburn Track and Milford Track.
Supporting threatened species
Air New Zealand transports some of New Zealand’s most endangered species (birds, reptiles and invertebrates) and Conservation Dogs as part of active recovery programmes. Species are transported for genetic and population management, to treat illness and to establish new populations at safe breeding sites.
Air New Zealand has provided free flights for more than 3,200 species and Conservation Dogs since the partnership began in 2012.
Air New Zealand also supports DOC's Threatened Species Ambassadors to help raise awareness for our threatened native plants and animals. With this support they can inspire New Zealanders about nature and the plight of our threatened species.
Supporting marine science for the health of our oceans
With 80% of New Zealand’s indigenous biodiversity estimated to be underwater in the marine environment, it’s crucial that we learn more to care for these precious habitats. As kiwis, we are lucky to be surrounded by endless coastline, and we all want healthy oceans that we can swim in, gather kaimoana from and be proud of.
The partnership with Air New Zealand enables a number of collaborative marine science projects, including DOC’s Ecological Integrity and Sentinel Site programmes.
Air New Zealand Greenteam
The Air New Zealand Greenteam is made up of approximately 2,500 Air New Zealand staff who together with their families, volunteer on community conservation projects around New Zealand every month.
Air New Zealand Greenteam members join DOC rangers at Taiaroa Heads, Otago Peninsula