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DOC is leading the development of a new biodiversity strategy for New Zealand. Join the national conversation on the future of our nature during August and September 2019.

‘Biodiversity’ refers to all living things. This includes all plants and animals and the places in which they live. Aotearoa has rich and unique biodiversity, but over 4,000 of our indigenous species are threatened or at risk of extinction.

DOC is leading a consultation for an action plan from 2020. New Zealand’s last biodiversity strategy laid out actions to protect our nature until the end of 2019. The new strategy will set a vision and guide our biodiversity work for the next 50 years.

We asked iwi, interest groups, specialists and our three reference groups (stakeholders and experts in Te Ao Māori and science) their aspirations for our nature. We also asked what would help achieve them. We used their input to write a discussion document, Te Koiroa o te Koiora, that sets out what we heard about the importance of nature. It also tests proposals such as a vision, framework and outcomes.

Now we want to hear what you think

From 5 August until 22 September 2019, we want your feedback.

How to provide your feedback:

What does Te Koiroa o te Koiora propose?

This strategy will help to protect and restore of our nature over the next 50 years. Te Koiroa o te Koiora sets out ideas for an ambitious plan that will help everyone protect it.


A starting point for any strategy is a vision of the future different from today. Te Koiroa o te Koiora reflects the idea that humans are part of nature and that it’s vital to restore our connection with it. We need your feedback on what you think of the proposed vision.

The vision for 2070 is:

Nature in Aotearoa is healthy, abundant, and thriving. Current and future generations connect with nature, restore it, and are restored by it. 

This is to help New Zealand become a place where:

  • ecosystems are healthy and resilient
  • indigenous species are abundant and part of our everyday lives
  • we recognise the value of nature and our obligation to protect it
  • the mauri (the living essence) of nature and people has been restored.

Framework, goals and outcomes

Our proposed framework is a pathway to this vision. We want to know your opinions on the chosen values and principles for the strategic framework and how it will inform goals and outcomes.

Combining Mātauranga Māori and science, the framework depends on the mātāpono (values) of each. They will help guide the behaviours and monitoring systems to acheive what we set out to do.

The shape of a poutama on a tukutuku panel symbolises the framework. Its steps represent the actions that will help to achieve our vision. This includes stopping to assess progress and adapt to what we learn.


Strategic framework and long-term outcomes  |  See larger (PNG, 451K)

Te Koiroa o te Koiora also proposes progress goals for 2025, 2030 and 2050. These goals will help measure progress along our strategic pathway to long-term outcomes. This will help bring about the vision.

The framework groups eight proposed outcomes that will accomplish the vision into three themes:

Whakahou (empower)

To make sure New Zealanders can act to restore our nature, one theme of the framework is whakahou. Te Koiroa o te Koiora proposes two outcomes for this.

  • All New Zealanders can connect with nature and recognise it's value in supporting intergenerational wellbeing.
  • Tangata whenua are exercising their role as kaitiaki.

Tiaki (protect and restore)

Tiaki is to help focus our work on protecting and restoring our unique nature. Three outcomes will guide this work.

  • A full range of ecosystems on land and water are healthy and functioning.
  • Indigenous species and their habitats are secure and thriving.
  • Indigenous biodiversity is managed to be resilient to global changes.

Wānanga (promote behaviours and systems)

To empower others and protect nature, we will need to make changes to our systems and the way we behave. Three outcomes will help support this.

  • Introduced species are managed to maintain or enhance indigenous biodiversity, while providing for the values that non-indigenous species provide.
  • Our economic activity provides for the restoration and protection of our indigenous nature.
  • New Zealand is making a meaningful contribution to global biodiversity management.

System shifts

Te Koiroa o te Koiora suggests five system shifts as the most important changes we need during the next five years for our vision and outcomes. ‘System shifts’ are the big changes we can make to enable us all to have the biggest impact possible and clearing the way so everyone can play a part.

We want to know your opinions on the five proposed shifts:

  • Getting the system right to help enable and deliver our goals with clear roles at all levels (local, regional and national).
  • Empowering kaitiakitanga and mātauranga māori by embedding Te Ao Māori perspectives throughout our work and enabling kaitaki at all levels.
  • Empowering communities to take action so all New Zealander’s can be well-connected stewards of nature.
  • Connecting ecosystems from the mountain tops to the ocean depths and managing them in a joined-up way.
  • Innovating for the future by using technology and science to transform how we manage our nature’s health.

What happens next?

DOC’s Biodiversity Strategy team will review all surveys, submissions and feedback given at workshops and hui. They will use these to inform the new strategy. Cabinet will then approve the final strategy so it can be in place for 2020.


Contact the Biodiversity Strategy team at DOC by emailing

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