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This is the virtual home of ECO. Since 1972 ECO has been the umbrella group for environment and conservation organisations in New Zealand. This website has information about ECO and its 50+ member groups as well as news of the environment and major conservation issues in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Please look around our website to learn more about our work and access resources and links of importance.


Conference 2015: information 

ECO Annual General Meeting open to Members  

AND a Conference open to all:

Dialogues on Fresh Water: navigating impasses and new approaches

28-30 August 2015

University of Canterbury School of Law (Friday evening): a public meeting with an address by Sir Eddie Taihakurei Durie, former Judge of the High Court and Chief Judge of the Waitangi Tribunal.

Addington Haven, 19 Church Square, Addington Christchurch (Saturday and Sunday)

Water is under increasing pressure in Canterbury and throughout Aotearoa New Zealand.  Our current use of and impacts on water are eroding biodiversity, environmental heritage and the values of New Zealanders.

This conference offers dialogues to consider diverse interest interests: environmental, ecosystem, health, commercial, recreational and Maori interests, and the economic attributes of water.

We have an impressive line up of speakers:

  • Medical Officer of Health Dr Alastair Humphrey, Canterbury Medical Officer of Health

  • Professor David Hamilton (Waikato University)

  • Professor Bryan Jenkins (Waterways Centre for Environmental Management)

  • Catherine Iorns (Victoria University)

  • Alison Dewes (farming advisor)

  • Mike Joy (Massey University)

Click here for a flyer and here for a programme.

Registration and further information

Registration is nearly full for Saturday, there may be a few places left, there is room on Sunday, and there is still space for Friday evenings talk- please email the ECO Office if you would like to attend and have any questions.

Further information at this conference  page.


Calculate the carbon footprint of your travel here - you can then offset these by purchasing carbon credits or other offsetting activity.

ECO - 41 years as an environmental coalition


Volunteer with ECO - click here for opportunities

Become a Friend of ECO - find out how and

If you are from a group you can apply to join ECO as a member organisation - find out how

To subscribe to our weekly e-newsletter Tieke, email ECO with "subscribe Tieke" in the subject.

To contact our National Office: 04 385 7545 or email us

Use our Resource Centre: an invaluable resource of books, journals and archives of New Zealand and international environmental issues.  Contact the National Office as above.

Upcoming Events

ECO Conference and AGM 28-30 August - Christchurch


123 Grafton Road: its history and restoration: public talk 6 September

Part of the Winter Lecture series organised by ECO member Auckland Civic Trust
3pm to 5pm at 123 Grafton Road.

Coromandel too precious to mine featuring Estere.  
Fundraising concert 3rd September at Revelry in Ponsonby Road.  7pm.


Climate in-justice? An Age of Resilience panel discussion

27 August 6pm to 7.30pm at the Paramount Cinema in Courtenay Place.  $10.
Organised by the Royal Society of New Zealand.

Key upcoming submissions

For links to submission deadlines see ECOs submission page.

Environmental Legislation

Environmental Protection Authority (Protection of Environment) Amendment Bill - this is a private members Bill by Labour's Meka Whaitiri which proposes adding an objective of the EPA to protect the Environment. Currently there is no obligation on the EPA to do that, even though its called the Environmental Protection Agency.

The change is to section 12(1) of the Environmental Protection Authority Act 2011,to insert after paragraph (b):

“(c) protects, maintains, and enhances New Zealand's environment.”

The Bill is currently before the Local Government and Environment Select Committee.

Information here from the Parliamentary website on the Bill and where to make a submission. Submissions close on 10 September.

Wellington Region:

The proposed Natural Resources Plan for the Wellington Region was publicly notified on 31 July 2015.  These documents can be viewed on the Greater Wellington website.
The submission period closes on 25 September 2015.  More information about the submission process and the submission forms can also be found on the WRC website.


ECOLink News and Analysis

The next issue of ECOLink will be out in September and will cover the ECO Conference and other issues.

Last two issues include articles on climate change, mining and urban trees.

Recent issues:

The May-June 2015 issue


The Feb-March 2015 issue

 The December 2014 issue

The Oct-Nov 2014 issue of ECOlink

This issue covers mining in the Karangahake Gorge, Southern Ocean marine protection, climate change and SIDS, Food Matters Aotearoa Conference, a report on the ECO August annual conference, an article on puriri dieback, reports from some of our member groups, and more.

 The May-July 2014 issue covered information on: Preview of the 2014 ECO Conference;  appointment of a new Executive Officer; National Policy on Water; Iron Sands and Chatham Rise mega mines; World Parks Congress; Jobs after Coal - time to plan for the future; Impacts of Systemic Pesticides on bees and birds; Important Court Decision keeps NZ GE-Free; Antarctic Treaty Meeting has renewed focus; Resource Management Protections at Risk; Environmental Effects of Plantation Forestry; National Lets the loggers into Conservation Land; Sliding Antarctic Ice, climate change, 2oC; Obituaries - Colin Benson, Ken Piddington and Eric Bennett; PCE Fracking Report; Global Oceans Commissions Recommendations; and ECO Digital Tools Project.

Other ECOLink issues can be downloaded here


ECO Working Groups

For more details see here.

See the Coastal and Catchment working group paper on the New Zealand Coastal Policy Statement 2010. The complete analysis may be downloaded here. (380KB).

ECO has released a report on the Environmental Effects of Plantation Forestry which is a case study in the Ngunguru Catchment in Northland.  More details can  be found here.


ECOs Digital Tools to Manage Environmental Projects

ECO project on Tools for gathering environmental information and monitoringThe project aims to provide easy access to digital tools to help community groups with conservation and environmental projects.

ECO’s Digital Tools to Manage Environmental Projects have been developed to assist community and environmental groups in their projects to monitor and manage information.  Digital tools can be used in a wide range of circumstances, examples include monitoring bird numbers after pest control, monitoring resource management decisions, compare mining applications with protected areas and biodiversity in the area.  This includes demonstrations of the use of Geographic Information System tools available to empower groups to make use of data gathered during environmental projects.

It is designed as an online learning environment to guide and assist participants.  The first module is “Methods to collect and manage data” and the second, “Mapping and analysis tools”.

ECO would like to know what tools you already use, and which may be useful to you. Please visit the “Moodle” for further information.