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 The Duders are proud to be the first to establish a QEII National Trust covenant on Kawau Island.




What will New Zealand’s rural landscape look like in 50 years? Much will depend on how we respond to the challenges facing us now and the business and land management decisions we make over the next few years.

In July 2015, Landcare Research will be surveying land owners and managers across the rural spectrum to explore these decisions - going beyond the “what” of the farm operation to consider the “why, when and how” in a Survey of Rural Decision Makers. Find out how to take part...



 Prof. Bruce Clarkson - 4000th covenant registration celebration event on 27 May 2015 - guest speaker (speech notes).



 More than 8,000 wilding trees have been lopped, chopped and sprayed at Coronet Peak Station in a three-day weed-busting blitz carried out by a band of students from Invercargill’s Southern Institute of Technology (SIT).


 Minister of Conservation, Maggie Barry ONZM today presented the winners of a music and film competition with their prize before launching their short film at a special viewing at Dorothy Brown’s Cinema in Arrowtown.


 Today in Arrowtown the Governor-General and QEII National Trust’s Patron, His Excellency, Lt Gen The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae, formally opened the Mahu Whenua covenants, New Zealand’s largest ever private land protection agreement.


 For the second time in less than 12 months the durability of QEII National Trust covenants has been confirmed by the High Court.


 Victoria University students Ruby Judson and Steffan Paton are the winners of the Soho Film and Music Competition run in collaboration between Queen Elizabeth II National Trust and Victoria University of Wellington.



 The National Trust has received $ 119,000 from the first round of the Government’s Community Conservation Partnership Fund to tackle weeds and restore wetlands in 5 covenant projects around the country.


 YouTube videos of TV coverage and speeches given an the Soho covenants announcement event on 5 August 2014 at Millbrook, Arrowtown.


 The Queen Elizabeth II National Trust is delighted to receive a $50,000 funding grant from the Central Lakes Trust based in Cromwell. The funds have been granted to support survey work required before National Trust covenants can be established on four high country stations located between Lake Wanaka and Arrowtown. 



 Klazien Voogt is the 2014 recipient of the QEII Athol Patterson Bursary, awarded annually to a Massey student whose studies focus on sustainability within the agriculture sector.


The Lotteries Grants Board has granted over $290,000 for conservation projects located on Northland, Bay of Plenty and Marlborough Sounds properties. 


Two hundred tradescantia stem-beetles (Lema basicostata) have been released into a covenant just north of Kaikoura to tackle the invasive tradescantia weed (Tradescantia fluminensis ). It is hoped biocontrol agents like the tradescantia stem-beetle will breed and multiply in amongst the weed, living it off in the process.



 The Queen Elizabeth II National Trust is delighted to announce that His Excellency Lieutenant General The Right Honourable Sir Jerry Mateparae GNZM, QSO, Governor-General of New Zealand has agreed to become Patron of the National Trust.


30 January 2014. QEII National Trust covenantors will be able to do more for New Zealand’s biodiversity with  $313,000 worth of grants received from DOC’s latest Biofund round...


Queen Elizabeth II National Trust Chair James Guild today announced that the Trust feels it has no option but to take Canterbury landowner Netherland Holdings Limited to the High Court for extensive damage to two rare woodland remnants on its farm.



QEII National Trust covenantors around New Zealand are protecting an area equivalent in size to the combined areas of Aoraki/Mt Cook, Egmont/Taranaki and Abel Tasman national parks, Chair James Guild announced at the release of the Trust’s 2013 annual report this week.


  “The trees and plant life of Pandora have electrochemical connections between their roots that effectively act as neurons, creating a planet-wide “brain” that has achieved sentience, which is known to the Na’vi as Eywa...”(Avatarwiki). Sounds exotic, but have we perhaps got the same thing happening with our kahikatea right here in Tararua?


 You may have heard of the slow food movement, encouraging people to stop eating fast food and  choose instead to prepare meals using local ingredients, traditional recipes and then taking time to sit down and really enjoy the eating experience. Well, a similar concept is in motion in Taiwan, only there it’s a slow walking movement! 


Canterbury based student, Marine Aubert, has been selected as the inaugural recipient of the QEII National Trust Dr Brian Molloy doctoral scholarship.




The QEII National Trust congratulates Kevin and Gill Adshead on initiating the return of kiwi to South Kaipara after an absence of 50 years...




Students from any New Zealand university are invited to apply for the inaugural Queen Elizabeth II National Trust Brian Molloy scholarship to support a full-time supervised doctoral research degree...




Massey student Nick Coster was awarded the 2012 QEII Athol Patterson Bursary at a ceremony held at the university on Tuesday last week.



Tiny White was one of the Trust's first regional representatives, employed when the Trust was formed in 1977 and remaining in the role for 15 years.



The 60th Jubilee of HRH Queen Elizabeth II, and the 35th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II National Trust will be celebrated in 2012.  The QEII Trust is holding a photo competition to mark these two special events. Enter your favourite QEII covenant photo and be in to win $ and a copy of the beautifully illustrated book New Zealand’s Native Trees by John Dawson and Rob Lucas.


The Wellington-Wairarapa Rugby Legend and former QEII Trust Chairman, Sir Brian Lochore, is involved in a nation-wide tree planting project as part of the Rugby World Cup celebrations.


Minister of Conservation Kate Wilkinson today announced the appointment of James Guild as the new chairperson of the Queen Elizabeth II National Trust Board following the retirement of Sir Brian Lochore...


Southland farmers Grant and Bernadette Weller are the inaugural winners of the Gordon Stephenson Trophy award which salutes people who are farming in a manner that is environmentally, economically and socially sustainable.


The Minister of Conservation hosted a function on 22 June to farewell Sir Brian Lochore as chair of the QEII National Trust.


2011 QEII Athol Patterson bursary awarded to Massey student Alexander Meban...


Former QEII director Dr Brian Molloy has been elected as a Companion of the Royal Society of New Zealand at a special function held by the Society last week in Christchurch.


The inaugural QEII Athol Patterson Bursary has been awarded to Thomas Harvey from Glen Orkney in Marlborough.


Sir Brian Lochore, Chairperson, and Yvonne Sharp, Director, have been reappointed for third terms on the QEII National Trust Board.


Members of QEII National Trust have the opportunity to vote for two directors for a three year term, effective 1 April 2010.


Two directors have been elected to the QEII National Trust Board by members of the Trust.


Appointments to the Queen Elizabeth the Second National Trust – a public invitation from Hon Kate Wilkinson, Minister of Conservation.


From your perspective, what are the most important questions in terrestrial weed, pest, and disease research and management that need to be addressed?


Public Notice from the Minister of Conservation about the appointment of two QEII directors and preliminary notice of the election of two directors.


Public Notice from the Minister of Conservation about nominations for Chairperson of the QEII National Trust..


New directors appointed to QEII Trust.


The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry's Indigenous Forestry Unit administers the Permanent Forest Sink Initiative. QEII National Trust is not involved.


Download the QEII Annual Report 2008


To covenantors and other interested people in Nelson-Tasman. Would you like to visit other QEII covenants in the area?


As a result of a bequest to QEII from Dr Athol Patterson, a bursary was set up in 2009 to support students at Massey University interested in sustainable farming practices.


Download the QEII Annual Report 2009


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