You might have heard whispers that Forest & Bird | Te Reo o te Taiao has a very special anniversary coming up in 2023. Believe it or not, Forest & Bird will be celebrating 100 years of conservation mahi and we want you to join in with the fun.
The theme for the Centennial Celebrations is “What is your legacy?” and we’re encouraging as many Kiwis as possible to do a little something for nature in 2023.
Here is a sneak preview of what’s coming up and how you can support us.
We kick off in March with The Big Birthday Bash and the Force of Nature concert premier at the Auckland Arts Festival. These events will be followed by 12 months of fun, inclusive, and thought-provoking activities for all ages to enjoy.
Most New Zealanders love nature, it’s part of who we are. So, we see this as a once-in-a-100-year chance to encourage thousands of small actions to help nature thrive.
There are lots of ways people can make a difference to Forest & Bird's mahi including volunteering at one of our local conservation projects, signing our petitions, or by making a donation or bequest.
Even better encourage your friends and family – or customers – to join Forest & Bird, Kiwi Conservation Club (KCC), or Forest & Bird Youth and create thousands of new voices for nature during 2023!
We can’t wait to share stories about the thousands of men, women, and children who stepped up to be a voice of nature over the past 100 years and what they achieved.
Our founder Captain “Val” Sanderson once said: “Give nature a chance and she will repair the damage.” His successful 1920s campaign to restore Kāpiti Island proved it was possible.
He encouraged women and children to be active and passionate conservationists and educated his membership about the need to understand how Māori viewed nature and their role in conservation of our special wildlife and wild places.
Forest & Bird was Sanderson’s legacy, the first modern-day conservation group in Aotearoa – and still as proudly independent today as it was 100 years ago. Every dollar we spend is donated by generous New Zealanders like you.
As well as reflecting on Forest & Bird’s rich history, there will be plenty of opportunities to think about the future of conservation and what that might look like.
Next year, our message will be one of hope, reflecting on the power of people to come together to restore nature back to abundance and restore its mana and wellbeing.
Five generations of Forest & Bird volunteers and staff have worked together, and with others, to protect and restore nature in Aotearoa. Have a look in your backyard, what will your legacy be?