Our Supporters

Photo: Riroriro / grey warbler & horoeka / lancewood

Credit: Anon. 2014

Without support from funders large and small, there would be no Ark to protect our precious ngahere. On behalf of all those involved with the Ark in the Park, we would like to thank the following groups who have donated a range of resources, from funding to staff time.

The following are those who have supported the Ark through recent grants, or have provided ongoing support:

A generous four year grant from Foundation North to Forest & Bird has allowed not only the Ark to flourish, but other projects across Tāmaki Makarau, including Pest Free Hibiscus Coast, and the South-East Wildlink.

As a partner of the Ark, Auckland Council offer ongoing support which includes technical expertise, funding, and bait for pest control. They also offer a variety of grants to community conservation groups. Most recently, we were awarded funding through the Community Coordination and Facilitation grant to support our Buffer Zone work.

The Trusts Community Foundation supports community groups across New Zealand, including the Ark in the Park. Their grant supports our Volunteer Coordinator, which allows us to support our 400+ volunteers.

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The Auckland Zoo conducts the Ark’s annual kōkako census. This crucial research helps us track the growth of the kōkako population, and lets us know exactly where each individual or pair has established a territory so we can effectively support their recovery. Auckland Zoo staff also share valuable conservation advice, and assist with pest control in the field.

The Department of Conservation have supported the Ark through expert advise, as well as awarding funding through their Community Fund. This grant supports our kōkako monitoring, and allows us to band chicks to track the growth of the reintroduced Waitākere Ranges kōkako population.

Without Forest & Bird, there would be no Ark in the Park. Dedicated volunteers from the Waitākere Ranges Branch first imagined the Ark back in 1999, with the Ark subsequently joining the Forest & Bird National Projects list as it grew in size. Their ongoing support includes employing the two Ark staff members (the Programme Manager and Volunteer Coordinator), support from the national fundraising team, communications and marketing, and technical advice from across Aotearoa.

The Ark also receives support from the following:

  • PAK’nSAVE Lincoln Road – kindly donate eggs for our trapping network

  • CatchIT – free software for New Zealand community conservation projects, hosted at the University of Auckland. 

Ark in the Park is located in the Waitākere Ranges, which are currently closed to minimise the spread of kauri dieback disease.