Presbyterian Church 

Presbyterian Church Ecological Task Group

The Council of Assembly in November 2006 set up an ecologically focused task group, under the direction of the Assembly Executive Secretary, to investigate and develop a Biblical response to the deepening ecological problems threatening our earth and our communities. The group sought to provide congregations with practical guidelines, examine ways by which our Church may help reduce the amount of carbon in the atmosphere, and develop a Declaration of the Care of Creation.

In October 2008, the Declaration developed by the group was taken to General Assembly 2008 where it was accepted, and the Ecological task group was thanked for their work and the group was discharged.

On 13 October 2009, the Church Leaders presented a paper titled, "Protecting New Zealand’s environment and economy for current and future generations" to the Prime Minster and Deputy Prime Minister at the Beehive . Download the paper and addendum, prepared by Dr Kevin Tate FRSNZ, with additional writing by Dr Lynton Baird

Presbyterian Church to consider divestment of fossil fuels: In October 2014, General Assembly agreed to request that the Church’s Property Trustees, who manage the major funds of the Church, divest from fossil fuel investments. The General Assembly also encouraged all congregations and members of the Church to seriously consider the same action in relation to their own investments. The Church declared investment in the fossil fuel industry to be unethical, socially irresponsible and contrary to the Church’s mission of “caring for creation”. Read more.

In June 2015, the PCANZ made a submission to Government on the consultation for setting New Zealand’s post-2020 climate change target. 

Interchurch Bioethics Council

The ICBC - Interchurch Bioethics Council (formerly the Interchurch Commission on Genetic Engineering) was set up in 2000 by the Presbyterian, Anglican and Methodist churches. The group has resources on climate change, GM organisms, transgenics and biotechnology.

Ecological Restoration Network

A website dedicated to hundreds of local NZ communities involved in ecological restoration in New Zealand. It contains news, events, opportunities for volunteering, information about native species and ecosystems, weeds and pests. For practical tools to help restoration projects and native plant nurseries.

Sustainable Future

Sustainable Future is a non-partisan, not-for-profit research organisation specialising in issues affecting New Zealand. Thier vision is to provide relevant and timely information that is complete and well-researched for those interested in exploring New Zealand's long-term future. View their website for further information.

Environmental defence society

A not-for-profit environmental advocacy organisation, comprised of resource management professionals committed to improving environmental outcomes. Has had a long and largely successful history of litigating environmentally significant cases. Is involved in providing support for those undertaking research and policy analysis on environmental issues. View their website for further information.

New Zealand Ecological Society (Inc)

Formed in 1951 to promote the study of ecology and the application of ecological knowledge.  The society attempts to encourage ecological research, increased awareness and understanding of ecological principles, promote sound ecological planning and management of the natural and human environment. View their website for further information.

Development Resource Centre

Dev-Zone (also known as the Development Resource Centre) provides environmental resources and resources that focus on people-centred, sustainable development. Located in Aotearoa New Zealand it has a Knowledge Centre, a bookshop, resource kits on global education and email update bulletins. View their website for further information.

The Ecologic Foundation

Promotes sustainable development. They say they differ from traditional environment groups; they accept there is an important role for groups which highlight problems but their focus is on working toward solutions that integrate environmental, economic and ethical benefits, rather than promoting one at the expense of the others. View their website for further information.

Greenpeace Aotearoa New Zealand

An independent, not-for-profit global organisation that focuses on threats to NZ’s and the Earth’s biodiversity and environment. Aims to champion environmentally responsible and socially just solutions and promote debate about society's environmental choices. View their website for further information.

WWF New Zealand

New Zealand branch of the WWF promotes conservation in New Zealand and promotes positive action to reduce the impacts of climate change. Aims to educate about the importance of managing our precious environment more sustainably. Resources communities in important backyard conservation. View their website for further information.


An independent network of motivated and concerned New Zealanders who believe sustainability includes the relationship of the environmental, social and economic sectors. The economy serves society and is not an end in itself.  Everything is dependent upon a healthy environment.  Sustainability is having health and wellbeing in all three sectors. View their website for further information.


Recovery is a  trust formed to promote and facilitate the collection, storage and disposal of all ozone depleting substances during the phasing out period. Trust consults with environmental groups and reports to government. Will dispose of unwanted chlorofluorocarbons (old refrigeration and air conditioning). View their website for further information.


Govt website for New Zealanders taking up the sustainability challenge. Steps such as switching to eco bulbs, walking to work, and installing insulation can save money, improve fitness and protect our environment. Download free booklet ‘25 easy steps towards sustainability’ and creating your own plan here. View their website for further information.


This provides the recently released Plan of Action for NZ's climate change solutions. Visit the website.

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

The most authoritative source is the Intergovernmental panel on Climate Change, the IPCC, which provides access to the most up to date and authoritative global assessment of climate change and why and how we can respond. View the website.


This is likely to become progressively less useful as the recently announced emissions trading scheme emerges. However in the meantime it allows all of us to take responsibility for our own emissions  (things we can do etc) and, if we are traveling abroad, to offset our emissions and benefit the NZ environment. Website

The National Climate Centre

The National Climate Centre (NCC) provides regular public information on current climate conditions across New Zealand including soil moisture and river flows, and outlooks for coming seasons. Website

Faraday Institute

The Cambridge based Faraday Institute has a paper by Sir John Houghton. Website

Sustainable Action Overview

The Futures Committee of Quakers (the Religious Society of Friends) has created a comprehensive compilation of religious and secular organisations active in sustainability throughout New Zealand. The resource contains contact details and a general overview of the organisations. Download the Sustainability Action Overview.