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The draft Threatened Species Strategy set out a plan to halt the decline in our threatened species and restore them to healthy populations. The consultation closed 31 July 2017.

The Threatened Species Strategy went out for consultation. We received information and feedback from the public and stakeholders. 

Before the feedback could be incorporated in a revised Threatened Species Strategy, we began development of Te Mana o te Taiao – Aotearoa New Zealand Biodiversity Strategy. This drives our work to protect and recover our many unique species.

Purpose of the strategy

New Zealand's Threatened Species Strategy draft for consultation cover.

The draft Threatened Species Strategy sets out the New Zealand government’s plan to halt the decline in our threatened species and restore them to healthy populations. Building on existing commitments and programmes, the draft strategy identifies further steps we need to take not only to restore those species already at risk of extinction, but also to prevent other from becoming threatened.

The draft strategy is based on five themes to progress threatened species conservation:

  • Uniting against invaders on a landscape scale
  • Managing ecosystems at scale to protect species
  • Building our science and knowledge base
  • Focusing beyond public conservation land
  • Working together in partnerships.

The draft strategy has four goals:

  • Manage 500 species for protection by 2025 – a 40% increase on today – and 600 species for protection by 2030
  • Enhance the populations of 150 prioritised threatened and at risk species by 2025
  • Integrate Te Ao Māori (the Māori world view) and mātauranga Māori (Māori knowledge) into species recovery programmes by 2025
  • Support research, particularly through the National Science Challenges, that helps us to better understand data deficient species.

Read the draft Threatened Species Strategy.

Submissions information

View information on the Strategy released under the OIA.

How the 150 priority species were selected

Our Planning Monitoring and Reporting team developed an algorithm that identified the priority taxa to include in the draft Threatened Species Strategy.

View the Threatened taxa selection algorithm.


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