In 1980 a group was formed who were interested in preservation and displaying animals and plants of particular significance to New Zealand under the banner of the Willowbank Wildlife Trust. In 1991 the Trust Deed was amended and became known as the New Zealand Conservation Trust [NZCT] in1994.To ensure through our Kiwi breeding programme that Kiwi populations reach a sustainable level in the wild
Her Royal Highness Princess Anne is Patron of the Trust and formally opened the Kiwi Nocturnal House in 1995 as well as the Public Kiwi Viewing Centre in 2008.
The New Zealand Conservation Trust is a non-profit organisation certified under the Charitable Trusts Act 1957.
The Trust is bound by a formal Deed of Trust.
The Trust is based at Willowbank Wildlife Reserve in Christchurch and has a lease on a one hectare predator-free area and various other facilities for Kiwi breeding and display.
Objectives of the Trust
To provide advocacy and education to the public as well as being breeders and conservators of rare and endangered native species of animals and birds of New Zealand - in particular the conservation and breeding of all species of Kiwi.