Our origins.

The concept of Reconnecting Northland emerged out of a need to seek new approaches to address decades of ecological decline & fragmentation in Aotearoa.

The Tindall Foundation undertook an international scoping study to identify cutting edge approaches to solving conservation issues. The concept of connectivity conservation at a landscape scale was identified as an approach with potential for New Zealand.

The next step was crucial.

Where could we best implement connectivity across the natural landscape with the highest chance of success? Several regions across Aotearoa were put through rigorous selection criteria based upon each region’s potential to achieve socio-economic & ecological impact, at scale. Northland ranked highest and Reconnecting Northland was born.


Connectivity conservation is a concept that recognises that habitats and species function best as part of a large, interconnected network that is maintained and protected for nature by involving people.

The idea behind our connectivity model is to improve efficiencies and increase impact by acknowledging that things work better if they are connected. Reconnecting Northland will map our connectivity success by monitoring the elevation of the following four elements of our natural world.

Te Taiao / Biophysical – restoring fragmented biodiversity & ecosystems, working beyond protected areas
Tangata / People – working in collaborative partnerships towards a shared vision, strengthening kaitiakitanga within a ‘living landscape’
Mauri / Culture & spirit – thinking  & working holistically,  recognising the importance of our interconnectedness to nature
Pūtea / Resources & funding – working smartly, effectively, efficiently & sustainably