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There are many organisations and resources that can offer practical advice and help with your forest fragment restoration project. Some nurseries specialise in native plants and can supply advice as well as providing plants.


Waikato Regional Council

Contact us for advice on forest fragment restoration, pest control or to find out if you will require any resource consents for your planned activities.

Waikato Regional Council staff can also help establish a Landcare group in your area for involvement in conservation projects.

Your project may qualify for funding through the Environmental Initiatives Fund and Small Scale Community Initiatives Fund.

District and city councils

District councils support voluntary protection measures and may offer some form of rates relief or other incentive for fencing costs and protection initiatives. Some have grants for environmental projects. Contact your local council for information.

You can also contact Hamilton City Council on (07) 838 6699 for a copy of their 'Gully Restoration Guide', or download it in PDF format from the Gully Restoration Programme website.

Department of Conservation

Department of Conservation staff can provide information on forest fragment plants and animals and restoration advice. You'll also find 'Protecting and Restoring our Natural Heritage: A Practical Guide' on their website.

New Zealand Landcare Trust

The NZ Landcare Trust is an independent organisation working with community groups and individuals to protect and sustainably manage their land, including natural areas. The Trust helps with action planning, develops local networks, and provides information, advice and resources to help restore natural areas.

Queen Elizabeth II (QEII) National Trust

The Trust is an independent organisation set up to help landowners protect important features on their land while retaining ownership. See the QEII National Trust website.

Funding sources

The organisations listed below provide grants for conservation work. The Waikato Biodiversity Forum Coordinator can help individuals and groups to find funding. 0800 BIODIV

Waikato Regional Council

Range of funding options for restoration projects. See the Environmental Initiatives Fund

Community Waikato

Covers administration and other costs for community groups seeking environmental (or social) funding. Go to:

Forest and Bird

Several grants available for restoration projects. Go to:

Honda Tree Fund

Funding for plant purchase. Go to:

Nature Heritage Fund / Nga Whenua Rahui 

Funding of land purchase for legal protection. Go to:

WWF Habitat Protection Fund

Go to: WWF Habitat Protection Fund

For more funding options, the Generosity New Zealand website has a database of thousands of grants and scholarships available in New Zealand. You can access it without a subscription at your local library. 

Native plant nurseries

If you need to purchase native plants to restore your forest, plant a buffer or plant a new area, look for a nursery that can supply eco-sourced plants. These are plants collected from natural areas of known provenance to ensure your plants are best suited to your local area. Planting specimens from outside your zone can interfere with natural evolution processes.

Some nurseries will need prior notice (1-2 years for very large orders) to ensure your native plants are eco-sourced. Note that you will need a permit if you wish to collect your own seed or plants from a reserve.

Click here to view a list of native plant nurseries in the Waikato region.

Recommended reading1

Restoration and management

Protecting and restoring our natural heritage: A practical guide. 2001. Department of Conservation.

Protecting and restoring our natural heritage: A practical guide. 2001.

Native forest restoration: A practical guide for landowners. Tim Porteous. 1993.

Available from: QEII National Trust

Restoring Waikato’s Indigenous Biodiversity: Ecological Priorities & Opportunities. Clarkson, B., M. Cursey and K. Denyer. 2006.

Available from the Waikato Biodiversity Forum 

Landcare: A practical guide. NZ Landcare Trust 2010.

A practical guide for farmers and landowners interested in sustainable land management. Case studies from around the country and tips on setting up a care group.

Landcare: A practical guide

Restoring the Balance – Biodiversity Self-Help Kit. 2004.

Northland Biodiversity Forum. A guide for landowners, most of the tips apply anywhere in New Zealand.

Restoring the balance -biodiversity self help kit  

Plant identification and planting guides

Andrew Crowe has produced a range of books with life-size photos of leaves to help people identify native plants.

Planting Natives in the Waikato Region. Waikato Regional Council.

Local area planting guides are also available for MaungatautariCoromandel, and Taupō  ecological districts.

Ecological Restoration in the Waikato.

Local Planting Guides specific to particular areas or habitat types. (type “planting guide” in the search box)

Green Toolbox Species Selector. Landcare Research.

An online tool to help select plants for your site.

Guide for planting trees: Watch the youtube video

Forest monitoring

FORMAK Forest Monitoring and Assessment Kit. 2005. Peter Handford.

Guide and kit for monitoring forest health. Go to:

Habitat Protection Fund Project Monitoring Toolkit

Habitat Protection Fund Project Monitoring Toolkit

Five-minute bird counts – a standard method for monitoring forest birds

Pest control

Predator Free NZ Beginners Guide. Online resource.

Useful websites

For a range of information on biodiversity and pest control.

Forest and Bird has a host of related conservation links.

The QE II National Trust helps land owners legally protect native forest while retaining ownership.

Find out about conservation projects in your area, and access a wide range of useful restoration and monitoring resources.

Nature Watch connects you with scientists who can help identify plants or animals you come across. It also has some good resources and species identification guides.

Advice on controlling weeds.

Resources and tips for animal pest control.

Advice on ecological restoration in the Waikato

Other useful links

Find out more about how to identify and control weeds on the Weedbusters website.

The Karori Wildlife Sanctuary is a protected natural area where the biodiversity of 252 ha of forest is being patiently restored in an old reservoir catchment in Wellington. A unique predator-proof fence surrounds the valley and creates a safe haven for some of New Zealand's rare and endangered species.

Project Crimson is an organisation dedicated to saving our crimson flowering pohutukawa and rata by protecting and restoring areas of native forest.

The University of Waikato’s Centre for Biodiversity and Research publications list features reports by university staff on local forest patches and restoring native vegetation in gullies. You can also order the book ‘Botany of the Waikato’ which describes the plants and ecosystems of the Waikato and features over 120 colour illustrations.


  1. Most of these books can be viewed at the Hamilton Public Library, or at Waikato Regional Council's library. Waikato Regional Council's library is at 401 Grey Street, Hamilton East - please phone our librarian for an appointment on (07) 856 7184.