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Regenerating Nature

Aotearoa New Zealand has the highest proportion of threatened indigenous species on Earth. More than 4,000 species are at risk.

Regenerating nature is vital if we are to tackle climate change and species extinction, as well as secure a positive future for all of us. Intact ecosystems are among the most powerful and effective ways to safely absorb greenhouse gas emissions. They are a fundamental source of health and well-being for our people.

The purpose of our Regenerating Nature programme is to connect and resource people to accelerate nature regeneration across Aotearoa New Zealand. 

Report: Regenerating Nature in Aotearoa New Zealand – The Transformative Role of Business

Our report is a comprehensive study of the current state of play of business and nature, and identifies barriers to taking nature action, as well as opportunities.

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How we work with businesses

Impact to date

  • $11.8M


  • 70+

    Community, Iwi/Hapū and landowner led projects supported

  • 940K +

    Native plants and trees planted

  • 210+

    People employed in nature based jobs

Regenerate Nature Programme

SBN is bringing together business leaders, innovators and government stakeholders to drive a step change in nature regeneration in Aotearoa New Zealand. This public/private partnership is focused on developing effective formalised systems that enable business investment in nature, community and climate. The programme learns from, and informs, our partnerships with mana whenua and local communities.

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Million Metres Streams

We're restoring the nation's rivers, streams, lakes and wetlands with native plants and trees. Our vision is for a future in which Aotearoa’s waterways are restored as vital havens for wildlife. Where it is once again normal to swim in them and drink from them.

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Protecting and restoring Tīkapa Moana/the Hauraki Gulf

We're on a mission to improve the mauri, the life-giving essence of the Hauraki Gulf (Tīkapa Moana or Te Moana-nui-a-Toi).

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Puhinui Regeneration Project

Help restore the mauri of the land, the waters and the communities of the Puhinui catchment. We're creating and financing jobs for local rangatahi that contribute to a restoration vision led by mana whenua and the local community.

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Support this work

Contact us now about how your business can invest in our nature regeneration work.

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Resources for businesses, farmers and land owners

DIY Resources to Regenerate Nature

SBN's Nature Team

News about Nature