Ducks Unlimited

Ducks Unlimited NZ

For wetlands and waterfowl

Wetlands

Our wetlands are facing a crisis. Over 90% of our wetlands are gone and many of our plants and animals now face severe threats.

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sport

Encouraging and supporting sustainable sport shooting. Providing education and information about endangered species.

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Wildlife

New Zealand is home to the two rarest Waterfowl species in the world. The Whio and the Pateke are struggling for their survival.

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About ducks unlimited

Ducks Unlimited is New Zealand's leading wetlands and waterfowl conservation group.

We work to save our wetlands through protection, funding, technical aid and education so that the flora and fauna of our most endangered ecosystem are a legacy we can pass down to future generations.


Our key focus is to increase the efficiency and number of New Zealand wetlands developed and support any relevant wildfowl recovery programmes. To aid in this worthwhile cause we harness community support and Government resources, and utilise global links and findings from wetland global research programmes.


If you are interested in New Zealand's Wetlands and what we are doing
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Blue Duck/whio

The blue duck/whio is only found in New Zealand. It is a nationally vulnerable species and faces a risk of becoming extinct.

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teal

The brown teal/pāteke is a small dabbling duck endemic to New Zealand. They are the rarest waterfowl on the mainland.

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activities

Canada Geese

Canada Geese

The distinctive and well-known Canada goose is a North American native that has been extensively introduced to UK, 

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Brown Teal

Teal

The brown teal/pāteke is a small dabbling duck endemic to New Zealand. They are the rarest waterfowl on the mainland.

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Wetlands restoration

Our wetlands are facing a crisis. They are abound with life familiar to us all. However, over 90% are gone & many of our plants and animals now face severe threats.

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Whio Release

Whio release program

The blue duck/whio is only found in New Zealand. It is a nationally vulnerable species and faces a risk of becoming extinct.

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Mute Swans

Swans

The mute swan had absolute protection in New Zealand under the Wildlife Act 1953 but this was changed in June 2010 to a lower level of protection. It still has protection, but is now allowed to be killed or held in captivity at the discretion of the Minister of Conservation.

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Rails

Rails

From an era when large flightless birds were spread throughout New Zealand, the takahē has clung to existence despite the pressures of hunting, habitat destruction and introduced predators.

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Bittern

Bittern

The endangered matuku inhabits wetlands throughout New Zealand. DOC is focusing on developing methods for surveying bittern systematically and for restoring wetlands .

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Sport shooting

Sport Shooting

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Waorio wetland development

Local legend has it that the Wairio Wetland (Wetland), located on the eastern shores of Lake Wairarapa (Lake) was once a paradise, providing habitat for substantial numbers of waterfowl and aquatic species. The 132 hectare Wetland was adversely affected by the Lower Wairarapa Valley Development Scheme (LWVDS) during the 1960/70s which resulted in large areas bordering the Lake being drained and cleared of forest and sedges.

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