Fit for purpose

Locations, dates and venues | Programme Registration

Forest & Bird is 95 years old this year. While our existing structure has served us well for many of those years, there are some signs that it may not be well-suited to some of the changed circumstances we now face, or will in the future. The Board is leading a discussion on how best to maximise engagement with Forest & Bird and what membership options and organisational arrangements are best suited to enabling this. From 10 March 2018, board members and staff will be holding workshops with Forest & Bird branch committee members and members to discuss the future state of Forest & Bird. Is Forest & Bird "Fit for Purpose"?

>>Click here to download the 'Fit for purpose" discussion paper (PDF)

There is no charge for attending the Fit for Purpose workshops. They will be held over 2 days throughout New Zealand, with the Fit for Purpose discussions being held on day 1 and further topics covered on day 2.

Morning tea, a buffet lunch and afternoon tea provided, and while some vegan/vegetarian/gluten free options will be available if you have specific requirements please bring your own food along. You are required to make your own arrangements for travel and accommodation. There are no walks or field trips planned so no requirement for any special clothing.

Please register here (its free) for a workshop near you - we really look forward to seeing you there.

Locations, dates and venues

Central North Island
10-11 March
Ruapehu Lodge

Upper South Island
17-18 March
Fairfield House, Nelson

Canterbury/West Coast
7-8 April
Living Springs (Bellbird Heights)

14-15 April
Dunedin Public Art Gallery
30 The Octagon
Dunedin, 9016

Lower North Island
21-22 April
Forest & Bird Wellington Office
Ground Floor, 205 Victoria Street
Te Aro, Wellington

Auckland Region
28-29 April
Totara Park Retirement Village (Community Hall)
5 Melwood Drive, Warkworth


Anyone requiring accommodation at our lodge can email Lorraine Corrigan,, with their requirements and Lorraine will allocate them a bed or beds in a bunk room.


Workshop programme

>>Click here to download the programme (PDF, 428K )

Day 1

  • 10:00am
    Fit for Purpose discussion
    >>Discussion Paper (PDF, 400k)
  • 12:00pm lunch
  • 1:00pm Discussion
  • 3:00pm Afternoon Tea
  • 3:15pm Discussion and round-up
  • 4:00pm - close day 1.

Day 2

  • 10:00am
    Lobbying 101
    Tips and tricks on how to engage with MP's, Ministers and decision makers.
  • 12:00pm lunch
  • 12:45pm
    Iwi Engagement
    What IS iwi engagement? What can it look like and how can you engage with local iwi to gain better outcomes for nature in your area.  How does the Treaty of Waitangi affect you and why should Forest & Bird members be aware of Treaty obligations?
  • 2:15pm Afternoon tea
  • 2:30pm
    Resource Management and Planning
    Meet the Forest & Bird Regional Managers for your area and discuss with them how the Resource Management Act works and how local engagement in local and regional planning processes can have great outcomes for nature.
  • 4:00pm - close, thank you.