New Zealand Plant Conservation Network
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The New Zealand Plant Conservation Network (NZPCN) is a non-governmental organisation devoted to the protection and restoration of New Zealand's indigenous plant life, including vascular plants, mosses, liverworts, hornworts and lichens.


The Network was founded in 2003 and has a worldwide membership.[1] The Network was established as a mechanism to aid the implementation of the New Zealand Biodiversity Strategy and the Global strategy for plant conservation.[1] Members include botanists, non-governmental organisations, research institutes such as universities, private businesses, botanic gardens, schools, central and local government employees, members of the public, ecological restoration programmes, and private landowners.[1]


The Network has a vision that "no indigenous species of plant will become extinct nor be placed at risk of extinction as a result of human action or indifference, and that the rich, diverse and unique plant life of New Zealand will be recognised, cherished and restored".[2]

The Network works to disseminate indigenous plant information via its website and publications; coordinate the ex situ management of threatened plant species; deliver plant conservation training programmes; and undertake activities to protect threatened plant species and plant communities in situ.[3][4][5]


Since the Network was founded it has built a plant conservation website that stores information about all indigenous and naturalised plants in New Zealand, established a national seed bank for threatened plants, and developed a plant conservation training programme for Māori.[4]


The Network publishes Trilepidea, their monthly newsletter, and has published checklists of New Zealand indigenous vascular plants and naturalised plants.[6][7] Plant conservation awards are given annually by the Network.[8]


  1. ^ a b c F., Spellerberg, Ian (2005). Monitoring ecological change (2nd ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. pp. 66–68. ISBN 9780521820288. OCLC 59353104.((cite book)): CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  2. ^ "Home | New Zealand Plant Conservation Network". Retrieved 7 October 2018.
  3. ^ "NZ Plant Conservation Network Database". Retrieved 7 October 2018.
  4. ^ a b Stow, Adam; Maclean, Norman; Holwell, Gregory I. (2014). Austral ark : the state of wildlife in Australia and New Zealand. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. p. 253. ISBN 9781107033542. OCLC 876466841.
  5. ^ Foxcroft, Debrin (22 March 2018). "Seed collection efforts an insurance policy for native plants". Stuff. Retrieved 8 October 2018.
  6. ^ "Publications | New Zealand Plant Conservation Network". Retrieved 7 October 2018.
  7. ^ De Lange, Peter J.; Sawyer, John W D; Rolfe, Jeremy R; New Zealand Plant Conservation Network. (2006). New Zealand indigenous vascular plant checklist. Wellington, N.Z.: New Zealand Plant Conservation Network. ISBN 0473113066. OCLC 174050567.
  8. ^ Ltd, Interspeed Web Solutions. "Nominations Open for Native Plant Awards - NZ Landcare Trust". Retrieved 7 October 2018.