Our Impacts - 2023

Conservation Volunteers New Zealand (CVNZ) is back for another epic year in 2024. We’re very proud of the achievements of our volunteers and work crews in 2023. Because of their efforts, we made some huge impacts for nature across New Zealand.

Last year, we worked with many new partners, planted lots of trees and pulled lots of weeds. Best of all, we met and worked alongside so many new and old volunteers and because of them, achieved so much. ⁠

In 2023, our communities gave up 7,942 days to volunteer for nature. With their help and the mahi from our work crews, CVNZ achieved the following impacts:

  • Planted 179,669 native trees, grasses and shrubs across New Zealand
  • Removed 5,459,082m2 of invasive weeds
  • Collected 8,449kg of rubbish from around our waterways
  • Propagated 555,472 plants from seed
  • Conducted more than 1,365,000 m2 of predator control through baiting and trapping
  • Trained and supported 100 new participants through our Conservation Work Skills programme


Here are some of our highlights:

World Environment Day – Corporate Planting Challenge

In June, participants in our annual World Environment Day Corporate planting challenge planted 8,520 plants in just two hours. The competition was fierce, with 17 teams competing to plant across three sites in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. 9 Teams in Auckland planted an incredible 4,759 plants on the Papakura Stream Restoration Project. A new record for the most trees we’ve ever planted in a single event. 

Bullock Creek Restoration, West Coast

In 2023, our Jobs for Nature crew on the West Coast planted 66,880 plants at Bullock Creek. This project is a four year restoration project to plant 375,000 plants on Department of Conservation land bordering the Paparoa National Park. All plants are eco sourced and grown in our native plant nursery in Punakaiki.

Papakura Stream Restoration Project

Volunteers planted 35,174 plants to restore the Papakura Stream Catchment in Auckland. This is an ongoing project that is growing year by year. Partnering with local landowners and the Papakura, Manurewa and Franklin Local Boards, this project aims to improve the health of the waterway and increase tree cover in the catchment. This year we start work on a native plant nursery to provide up to 50,000 plants a year for the catchment. 

Kaimahi for Nature- Whakaraupō

Our Kaimahi for Nature programme is a partnership between Te hapū o Ngāti Wheke, Living Springs and CVNZ and employs a field crew to undertake extensive restoration at Rāpaki. Our team has done amazing work over the past year including undertaking a massive 740,000 m2 of predator control, 965,650 m2 of invasive weed control as well as planting 20,340 native plants. Incredible achievements from a very hard working team. 

We aim to make 2024 even bigger. We have regular events in Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington. Check out our events page via the link below to see what’s coming up or contact [email protected] to find out more.