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New Zealand’s nature is what makes us special. Over 80% of New Zealand’s wildlife is found nowhere else on earth. Much of this occurs in National Parks and public conservation land away from people.  Yet 86% of New Zealander’s live in urban areas.

Urban Wildlife Trust is a not for profit organisation connecting people with urban wildlife through citizen science, technology & social media. Our aim is to help restore, sustain and enhance the mauri of urban nature, and ensure native wildlife is an integral part of people’s daily life.

Our mission is to deliver projects, innovation and advice to support the restoration and celebration of indigenous wildlife in towns and cities.

Nature is central to creating livable cities and cities play an important role in supporting nature.

We are proud to be part of a community sharing the kaupapa of the significance of indigenous urban nature, and kaitiakitanga of native wildlife.

Connecting people and nature

with science & technology

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Urban Wildlife Connections

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Live Cam

Live Cam allows people to connect and engage with wildlife 24/7 in real time by streaming high definition video through the internet.

Great Kererū Count

New Zealand’s biggest citizen science project it is also the only centralised data gathered to monitor the overall national trends of this significant bird.

Kererū Discovery

A dedicated project to the education and protection one of New Zealand’s most valuable species.

Otago Shag Colony Sumpter Wharf, Ōamaru Live Cam

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Urban Wildlife Trust were fantastic to work with on our nest and viewing camera project. From organising the equipment, the installation and their support following install, their work and support has been very much appreciated. The live-streams have been working wonderfully and have proven very popular!

Dr Philippa Agnew - Science and Environmental Manager, Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony

Recent & Current Urban Wildlife Projects

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NIWA Kororā Colony interpretation panels

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Otago Shag Colony Sumpter Wharf, Ōamaru Live Cam

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Porirua Harbour Wildlife Cam

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Kākāpō LIVE Nest Cam on Whenua Hou/Codfish Island

View LIVE Stream via DOC YouTube Channel

Kākāpō Nest Cam Highlights

View Highlights via UWT YouTube Channel

Wellington Cable Car Bird Strike Prevention Stage One

Stage One of this Project Has Finished

Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony Cam

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Tiritiri Matangi Island Live Cam

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NIWA
Kororā Cam Project

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Project Window Strike /
Global Bird Collision Mapper
Great Kererū Count
Project Has Finished

Big thanks to all our supporters and donors.

Support the Urban Wildlife Trust

Tumbleweed Tees
$95

2023

“Tumbleweed Tee’s has been supporting Kererū Discovery through a percentage of sales via their Kererū T-Shirt”

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Urban Wildlife Website Donation
$50

2023

If you would like to help with the work we do here at Urban Wildlife Trust you can make donations via the button below

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Tumbleweed Tees
$52.38

2023

“Tumbleweed Tee’s has been supporting Kererū Discovery through a percentage of sales via their Kererū T-Shirt”

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Wellington City Gallery
$200

2022

“Urban Wildlife Trust speaking at the Experts Respond public programme at the City Gallery Wellington Te Whare Toi”

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Department Of Conservation
$2,145.34

2022

“The Live Streaming Kākāpō Cam on Whenua Hou/Codfish Island.”

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Waitaki District Council - Funding
$2,500

2022

“This funding grant went towards the delivery of the new Otago Shag Colony Sumpter Wharf, Ōamaru Wildlife Cam”

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Wellington Airport Community Awartds
Upper Hutt - Environmental Award Winner
$1,000

2021

“Wellington International Airport, Wellington Community Trust, and the five local councils come together to recognise the work carried out by community groups in the wider Wellington region. The focus of the awards is to celebrate volunteers for their valuable contribution to society”

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Wellington Zoo Conservation Grant
$1,425

2021

“Conservation is at the heart of everything we do at Wellington Zoo. This grant has gone towards the Wellington Cable Car Bird Strike Prevention Project”

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Givealittle Fundraiser + Website donations
$11,443.75

2021

“May 2021 Urban Wildlife Trust set up a crowdsourcing project on GiveaLittle for a period of 12 weeks. On 2 June 2021, the Cable Car Company posted on social media giving full support and committed to contributing funding to the project.
After weeks of hard work and media coverage getting the story out in the public, as of 26 October 2021 Urban Wildlife Trust has successfully raised a total of $11,443.75 made up from Givealittle funds and website donations” 

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Nelson City Council
$2,000

2021

“Nelson City Council’s Nelson Nature programme is delighted to support the Great Kererū Count. Every year we see more people becoming engaged with nature through the Great Kereru Count, and we really value the way the count supports community efforts to protect habitat and control predators.”

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City Sanctuary - DCC
$5,000

2021

“It’s fun to count our kererū and see our community inspired to protect them. It’s all part of having a healthy environment we care about.”

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Wellington City Council
$5,000

2021

“Wellington City Council is proud to be supporting this citizen science project dedicated to gathering vital data to help protect kererū”

Wellington City CouncilWellington City Council

Tumbleweed Tees
$56.12

2021

“Tumbleweed Tee’s has been supporting Kererū Discovery through a percentage of sales via their Kererū T-Shirt”

Tumbleweed TeeTumbleweed Tee

2022 Partnered Community/Citizen Science Projects

Help save the world’s birds during Global Bird Rescue from October 3-9, 2022. Join FLAP Canada, Urban Wildlife Trust and bird conservation groups and members of the public around the world to rescue and document birds that have collided with buildings in your community, while working to make the built environment safer for birds.

This Project finished October 9th 2022

Urban Wildlife Team

Amber Bill – UWT Founding Trustee
2018 – Present
Tony Stoddard – UWT Founding Trustee
2018 – Present
Myfanwy Emeny – UWT Trustee
2018 – Present
Dr Stephen Hartley – UWT Trustee
2021 – Present
Kat Grayston – UWT  Trustee
2023 – Present
Juno – UWT Conservation Dog
2018 – Present
Meco – UWT Dog aka Trouble
2023 – Present
Kelly Hare – UWT Trustee
2018 -2020
Edith Boettcher – UWT Trustee
2018 -2020
Matt Robertson – UWT Trustee
2018 -2024

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Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi, engari, he toa takitini
"Success is not the work of one, but the work of many"

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