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Updated 13 May 2016 11:48am

About biodiversity

Biodiversity is the variety of living things on earth; plants, animals, fungi and micro-organisms, and the ecosystems they are a part of. Find out what biodiversity is, why it is important and what threatens it.

Our role in biodiversity

Greater Wellington Regional Council has a key role in managing biodiversity. Find out about GWRC’s responsibilities, and how we protect, manage and restore areas with high biodiversity value across the region.

Our biodiversity

Many of New Zealand’s animals and plants are unique. Here you can access information about the range of plants, animals and ecosystems in the Wellington region. You can also find information about places to visit. 

Biodiversity restoration and resources

You can help to restore biodiversity in the Wellington region. Find information about the region’s different ecosystem types and advice about restoration planting. You can also access a range of useful publications.  


You can contact the Biodiversity department on