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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 - 41 years as an environmental coalition

Volunteer with ECO - click here for opportunities

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To receive our regular email alerts, Tieke, email ECO with "subscribe Tieke" in the subject line

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.

ECO AGM and Conference 22-23 August 2014

Held at Toi Poneke at 61-69 Abel Smith St, Wellington

Theme: ‘Achieving Genuine Progress for the Environment’

Thanks to all the speakers and to all those that attended the conference.

Further details of presentations and the political parties debate on the environment will be posted shortly and some details can be found here.

Upcoming Events

ECO Regional Gathering Friday 30 January to Sunday 1st February 2015:

Taranaki's Beauty and the Beast: Community Issues with Oil and Gas

The three-day ECO regional gathering near New Plymouth will include a full field trip on Saturday to learn what is like to live amidst oil and gas fields, and sessions on fracking, coal-mining, drilling-waste disposal, seabed mining, climate justice and the implications of the RMA changes.  

We will also work on community strategies, networking and share knowledge and experiences.

This promises to be a well-attended conference and of great interest to all those working in the areas of climate change, energy, fracking etc - which is most of us!  A great opportunity to network.

Location: Muru Raupatu Marare, Te Arei Road West, Bell Block, Taranaki.

All are welcome!  Organised by ECO, Climate Justice Taranaki and Sustainable Whanganui Trust.

Register by 25 December to receive discounted fee $90 (full), $100 after 25 December.

Discounts apply for Eco friends, members and students, and for single day registration.

More information and to register: see Climate Justice Taranaki or email the organisers.



Food Matters Aotearoa:    Tour and Conference 9-19 February 2015

Food Matters Aotearoa Conference 14/15 February 2015 Te Papa Wellington welcomes overseas speakers including Dr. Vandana Shiva, Prof. Gilles-Eric Seralini, and Prof. Don Huber.  Related events (listed below) in Christchurch, Hawkes Bay and Auckland.

Food really does matter, especially when it comes to addressing the problems of an increasingly vulnerable global system. Listen to top scientists and other respected speakers, both national and international, speak on the challenges we face. Join stimulating discussions on indigenous and sustainable solutions for New Zealand’s food and agriculture. Register now at www.foodconference.co.nz and help guide decisions that will set the course for our environment and the nature of food for coming generations. Food Matters!

Register now! Whether a consumer, farmer, scientist or government delegate, you will have the opportunity to hear and discuss issues that will influence future food production. Now is the chance for all members of NGOs, organic and community organisations to take advantage of a group discount.

This is an unique opportunity for those interested in farming systems and quality food production to hear expert speakers and take advantage of the significant networking offered by the conference. Please extend this invitation to all those groups with an interest in food production and quality. It is in all our interests that we make this exciting and vibrant event a success.

Please promote the conference throughout your contacts and networks.

Our Farms, Our Food, Our Future. Ōku whenua, Āku kai, Ōku mō ake, tonu atu. All details can be found on our website as well as posters to download.
Help us spread the word.  See
www.foodconference.co.nz  or email the event manager.




Key upcoming submissions

For links to submission deadlines see ECOs submission page.


ECOLink News and Analysis

The Oct-Nov issue of ECOlink has been sent to members and friends.  

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.

Previous 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.