Conservation International Aotearoa


Conservation International Aotearoa (New Zealand) is focused on delivering transformative Iwi/Māori-led ocean solutions by bringing together partners to create impactful actions that protect taonga (sacred) species and care for our moana (ocean).

We are focused on supporting Aotearoa and the Pacific increase nature-based solutions to climate change. Our approach is Indigenous-led. We aim to foster Kaitiaki (guardianship) to sustain the nature we all depend upon. Because the time is right, and we owe this to our grandchildren.



Our Tikanga (Values)

Rangatiratanga (Leadership)

We support Iwi/Māori rangatiratanga (leadership) and demonstrate our mana by being respectful and mindful in our partnerships. We carefully weave whānaungatanga (relationships) in a supportive and high trust environment, which is underpinned by our tikanga.


Manaaki (Care)

We manaaki (care) for, and enhance our mauri, or lifeforce, to uplift ours and other’s wairua, (spirit).


Kaitiaki (Guardians)

We are unified and focused in our mission as kaitiaki, or guardians. We understand everyone has a role as responsible ancestors to whāngai, or foster, wellbeing for future generations.



About Us

Conservation International protects the nature that people around the world rely on for food, fresh water and livelihoods. We do this through science, policy and partnerships, employing 1,000 people in 30 countries. Over the years, CI has helped establish more than 1,200 protected areas across 77 countries, safeguarding more than 601 million hectares of land, marine and coastal areas. Learn more at : Follow us on: Twitter: Facebook: Instagram:

People need nature — and for over 30 years, Conservation International has worked to protect it around the planet. Through cutting-edge science, innovative policy and global reach, we empower people to protect the nature that we rely on for food, fresh water and livelihoods.

Since our inception, we’ve helped to protect more than 6 million square kilometers of land and sea across more than 70 countries. Currently with offices in 29 countries and 2,000 partners worldwide, our reach is truly global.

Our Priorities

Nature is life: Every breath you take, every drop you drink, every bite you eat — it all comes from nature. And we have a plan to keep it safe:


We protect forests that absorb and store climate-warming carbon by working with businesses and governments to account for their impacts on forests; enabling private investment in forest protection initiatives; and helping local and Indigenous communities protect forests on their lands.

How we stabilize our climate by protecting and restoring nature »



We seek to double the world’s ocean area under protection while innovating new ways to sustain marine fisheries. We do this by helping countries secure and monitor their waters; enabling the inclusion of coastal habitats in climate policies; and disrupting damaging practices in the seafood sector.

How we protect the ocean »



We work with local communities throughout Asia-Pacific to improve livelihoods while easing the strain on natural resources — for example, teaching coastal Fijians how to catch fish from deeper water is protecting fragile coral reefs; fostering more productive rice farming techniques in Cambodia is reducing forest clearance for more rice fields. Supporting people to thrive alongside nature is core to our mission.

How we improve livelihoods and sustainability »

As Conservation International grows in Aotearoa, we welcome inquiries from corporates and individuals on ways to support our work. Contact us today.