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

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 is 5pm on Friday 28 April 2017.