Ducks Unlimited NZ


Our wetlands are facing a crisis. 

They abound with life and their inhabitants are familiar to us all. However, over 90% of our wetlands are gone and many of our plants and animals now face severe threats. 

The Conservation Department can't save everything, and the losses are still mounting. You can help save our precious wetlands.

What is a


A wetland is an area of land whose soil is saturated with moisture either permanently or seasonally. 

Such areas may also be covered partially or completely by shallow pools of water. 


Different strokes ...

They come in many different guises, including bogs, streams, swamps, lakes, lagoons, estuaries, mudflats and flood plains. 

The water found in wetlands can be saltwater, freshwater, or brackish.

What's being done about it

Wairio Wetland restoration

The Wairio Wetland on Lake Wairarapa was once a paradise

Whio (Blue Duck) Release

Breeding and release


Providing resources to schools

National wetlands projects

Discover the wetlands of New Zealand

Pateke (Brown Teal)

Research and breeding


Publishing the bi-monthly Flight Magazine