Wellington Zoo Local Conservation Grants

Saving Wellington and the Chatham Islands’ Wildlife and Wild Places

Conservation is at the heart of everything we do at Wellington Zoo. Thanks to the support of our community and Zoo visitors that contribute to the Wellington Zoo Partners in Conservation Fund, we offer local conservation grants each year. These grants provide funding for projects or programmes with clear community conservation value for native wildlife and wild places. We support projects in our wider community and invite applications from the Greater Wellington Region and the Chatham Islands (part of our local Rongotai electorate).

Grants will be awarded up to a maximum of $5,000 and most grants will be between $1,500 - $3,000.

Applications are open now! Applications close on the 4th of October 2022.

Thank you to our community and Zoo visitors that make Wellington Zoo Local Conservation Grants possible.

Local Conservation Grant Recipients 2021/22

Remote camera monitoring of tāiko (Pterodroma magentae) in the Tuku Nature Reserve and Sweetwater Conservation Covenant. (Chatham Islands Tāiko Trust) 

For purchasing cameras and batteries for monitoring breeding behaviour and predator impacts on tāiko in the Chatham Islands. 


Porokapa 2022 (Makara Peak Mountain Bike Park Supporters Inc.)

For restoring an area of Makara Peak conservation area, including using the restored area to produce seed to help restore further areas. 


He Kākano: Nursery Infrastructure (Pae Tū Mōkai O Tauira Incorporated Society) 

To build plant nursery infrastructure near Featherston to supply plants for restoration of wairarapa moana (wetland). 


Conservation of Wellington’s little blue penguins/kororā around the coastline (Forest & Bird/Places for Penguins)

To purchase trail cameras and passive integrated transponder (PIT) tag readers for population monitoring and to allow better targeting of conservation action. 


NZ native bee school ecosystem project ( Aladár Lavack – individual)

To purchase materials to create native bee habitats and signage in Wellington schools, including Crofton Downs Primary School. 


Wellington Cable Car Bird Strike Prevention Project (Urban Wildlife Trust) 

For purchasing window stickers to prevent bird strike at the Wellington Cable Car terminal. 


Wooden trapping tunnels made by Scouts for local conservation projects to eradicate rats in the local community (1stWaterloo Scout Group) 

To purchase materials for a Scout group to build trapping tunnels for predator control and provide them to the local community. 


Pīngao and spinifex restoration trial (propagation, planting, and plant protection) at Ōkorewa Lagoon near Lake Ferry (South Wairarapa Biodiversity Group) 

This project aims to propagate pīngao and spinifex (which can be hard to propagate), to share the information on how to achieve this, and to use the plants for local dune restoration. 


Kārearea/NZ falcon Honour and Quentin’s scrape and chick protection project (South Wairarapa Biodiversity Group)  

 To purchase DOC250 traps to protect a breeding pair of kārearea and their offspring.

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