Biodiversity Restoration

We turn your vision into reality with our detailed understanding of ecosystem restoration. 
We offer innovative and cost effective solutions and can manage all aspects of the project from conception to completion. 




Tuatara transfer 

Location: from Takapourewa Island to Te Kuri a Paoa/Young Nick’s Head.

As part of a vision to restore a fully functioning coastal ecosystem at Young Nick’s Head, Ecoworks NZ led the process of reintroducing tuatara to the site; a ten year journey which resulted in a landmark achievement for the region with the transfer of 20 juvenile and 42 adult tuatara in 2012.

Working with a great team and our friends at Ngai Tamanuhiri Iwi.

Pateke Re-Introduction to Turanganui a Kiwa

To date 120 pateke or brown teal have been re-introduced to Gisborne. 

A culmination of over 10 years of work to develop a wetland and habitat suitable for this species. 

After being absent for over 100 years the Pateke is now breeding once again in Gisborne.


Grey-faced petrel colony development.

During 2005 we set up remote sound speakers on Young Nicks Head to play seabird calls out to sea, in a world first effort to attract petrels back to this site after being absent since 1931. Now over 100 petrels nest here as well as sooty and fluttering shearwaters!

Gannet Re-establishment project

In 2008 another world first was achieved by using social attraction to establish a new gannet colony. 

Gannets were not known to nest on the East Coast north of Cape Kidnappers. 

The Ecoworks team installed fibreglass decoys, a sound system playing gannet colony calls.

A month after setting up the artificial colony gannetsarrived!.  

This site now holds up to 400 adult gannets over summer and produces around 130-150 chicks per year.


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Whinray Reserve and Species Recovery Project.

Steve is a Trustee on the Whinray Eco Trust and works with a team to coordinate the forest and wildlife recovery of the Whinray Reserve, its kiwi population and many other species in the area (

The site contains over 17 endemic species including Hochstetters Frog, robin, weka, kaka, kakariki, whio, falcon and native bats.

Steve coordinates the pest control and since 2014 we have removed an estimated 4000-6000 ship rats, over 2,600 possums, 60 red deer and numerous cats, stoats every year.  

The reserve is recovering at a rapid rate with rata flowering regularly, robin numbers increasing and forest seedling recovery underway.