Forest & Bird's national conservation awards are held every year at the Annual General Meeting. They recognise members who have made an outstanding contribution to conservation.

Distinguished Life Member Award

Given in recognition of significant long term service in advancing conservation and the Society’s objectives, in particular at a National level, this is the Society’s highest award.  This person will have acted in a manner seen as over and above that normally expected. This award goes to just one exceptional individual each year.

Previous Winners

Old Blue Award

‘Old Blue’ was the Chatham Island Black Robin who saved her whole species from extinction.  Open to members and non-members this award recognises those who have made a significant contribution to advancing the Society’s objectives at a Branch level or through none Society conservation work. Up to five awards are made each year.

Previous Winners

Branch Award

This award will recognise the hard work put in by Forest & Bird branches from across New Zealand - everything from controlling pest plants and animals, restoring native ecosystems, planting trees, or doing advocacy work. This new award has taken the place of our previous Pest Buster and Golden Spade award for predator and pest control. Branches are nominated by our Regional Managers.

Te Kaiārahi Rangatahi o te Taiao Youth Award

Many young people undertake truly remarkable initiatives to protect and restore our unique natural environment, this award will recognise that special young person who shows leadership, initiative and who is making a difference.

Previous Winners


Nominations for all awards are now open. Please send your nomination and any supporting documents to The closing date for nominations for the Distinguished Life Member and Old Blue and Youth Awards is 5pm on Wednesday 28 February 2018. The forms have been updated so please ensure that you use the 2018 versions. Incomplete forms, or nominations sent through on old forms, will be returned. All nominations need to be approved by the branch committee.  Submission of nominations can be done either via the Forest & Bird branch email address or via mail.  ( or Lorraine Corrigan PO Box 631 Wellington 6140)