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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.



ECO Conference 2016: "Moving Through the Climate Crisis, and Water Matters - freshwater challenges in New Zealand"

An exciting range of speakers and workshops is being put together for this conference to be held in Auckland from 13th to 14th August, at the Wesley Community Centre in Mt Roskill.

You can now register and find out more at this link

Full conference programme will be posted shortly.ECO Conference 2015 Audience

Confirmed speakers are Marnie Prickett on freshwater and a representative from 350.org

Registration prices, which include tea breaks and lunches:

ECO Friends and members of ECO member groups:

$60 for full two day conference by 22 July; $70 thereafter

Others (ie not members of ECO Member groups or ECO Friends):

$80 for early bird registration: by 22nd July - full conference

Then $90 for full conference

Discounts available:

$50 for low-income and students - full 2 days

$40 for one-day attendance (Saturday or Sunday)


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Check out the ECO Blog for interesting reading and new stories.


Take a look at our Current Events page to find out what is happening this week near you.



 ECO - 42 years as an environmental coalition


Volunteer with ECO - click here for opportunities

Become a Friend of ECO - find out how and join up

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.  The Archive is now catalogued on The Community Archive.  Take a look and email us with any inquiries about consulting material.

ECO News

Open Government Partnership

How can government be open more open, accountable and accessible to citizens? The government is currently consulting and feedback is due by 30 June 2016.

Go here to read more and respond.

ECO is co-ordinating a survey into attitudes to open government in the NGO community and what we'd like a good OGP policy to look like.

If you would like to go on the mailing list to participate in the survey, please email ECO to let us know.



ECOLink News and Analysis

The latest, and all back copies of ECOLink are online at this link

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

The May-June 2015 issue
This issues covers: Climate Consultation - targets for Paris; ECO Conference - Freshwater; ECO Update; Shell BP Todd Maui Wells passed "best by date"; Fracking - the personnel experience; Water and Health concerns of fracking; Environment Minister's budget allocation - trimmed; Environmental Reporting Bill; Puriri Dieback spreading; What's on your plate, pet or things you use? Roundup; Antarctic Environmental Research; RMA changes still brewing; In the hills - NZ Indigenous Conifers; New Polar Code rules will not protect Antarctic waters; Antarctic Matters.

The Feb-March 2015 issue
This issue covers: Auckland Kauri tree threat product of changes to the RMA; EPA turns down Chatham Rosk Phosphate; Karangahake Mine Update; Antarctic toothfish pirate fishing - countries are closing in; Agreement on jack mackerel and IUU vessels; Climate Change Special: Long way for NZ to catch up on climate protection; Climate negotiations - from Lima to Paris - what's NZ hiding? New Zealand, the farce follower; Jobs After Coal - A just transition for NZ Communities; EEZ Maui Gas Bill; Impactsof oil and gas in Taranaki; Setting NZ's Post-2020 GHG Reduction Target(s).

The December 2014 issue
This issue covers: ECO Regional Gathering in Taranaki; One Bike,One Year; Law responsibility and Governance; NZ's disappearing kelp forests; Engineers for Social Responsbility; IUCN World congress on Protected Areas; Sea level rise to have a large impact; Heads in Sand - Kiwis Sea Strong Message to our Climate Negotiators; Freshwater Management - Implementation of the NPS of Freshwater Management; Beware of Streamlining of the RMA; the Principles of the RMA 1991.

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.