Submit on the DOC's "New Zealand Threatened Species Strategy"

Let’s get NZ’s Threatened Species Strategy right. 

New Zealand’s natural world is in crisis but the Government’s recently announced Draft Threatened Species Strategy aims to safeguard only 20% of our 3000 native species that are heading towards extinction.

Budget cuts have forced the Department of Conservation to target only 150 species for population growth, when there are 800 species that are in very serious trouble. By writing a submission you could help transform the Strategy and DOC’s priorities so that there is commitment to fund and carry out the work that is needed to build thriving populations of all our native species across their natural range.

Responsibility for our native species lies not just with DOC, but also with MPI, LINZ, and MBIE. And these agencies are frequently guilty of enabling the demise of our native plants and wildlife. The need to bring all of Government on board is recognised in the Strategy, but there is no commitment to ensuring that all agencies and territorial authorities will have to implement the strategy. 

To help you write a submission Forest & Bird has filled out the Department of Conservation’s online submission which you are welcome to use as a guide for writing your own words. 

>> Click here for Forest & Bird's Submission

To make your submission more effective we suggest you focus on answering all or some of the questions in the DOC’s online template by filling it out online or using the questions as headings in your submission: 

You may also email to, or post to:

    Threatened Species Strategy
    Department of Conservation
    PO Box 10420
    Wellington 6143