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HealthPost Nature Trust

From nature, for nature

From nature,
for nature

Our sustainability vision is guided by three areas: restore, research, and redefine.  
We’re growing and learning every day too. 

Restore

We’re restoring biodiversity in our spectacular, yet ecologically challenged natural environment. 
restores

Research

Nature always has more to teach us. We’re listening and learning every day.

Redefine

Our Ecosanctuary exists to protect threatened species, so they can call this safe haven home.

Pakahā 2024 translocation update

The HealthPost Nature Trust is one important way that HealthPost delivers on its vision to have a lasting, positive impact on people and planet, and we reached another milestone recently in our regeneration goals, with the translocation of 92 pakahā fluttering shearwater chicks to the Wharariki Ecosanctuary in January 2024.

16,000+ natives trees planted (& counting)

For over a decade we've been planting 1000s of native trees around Mohua Golden Bay at our team tree planting days, and many thousands more through the HealthPost Nature Trust. Thanks to our customers, team, community volunteers and conservation partners for helping bring back biodiversity to the beautiful land we call home, so native flora and fauna can flourish.

Thank you - your healthy choices help us create a healthier future.

When you shop with us, you’re making a healthy difference

$638,820

Donated since 2017 to the Nature Trust to restore biodiversity

3 hectare

Predator-proof Ecosanctuary for threatened species

$1 million+

Donated since 2009 to other worthy causes in our community

16,000+

Native trees planted by our team in Golden Bay

When you shop with us, you’re making a healthy difference

$430,487

Donated since 2017 to our Nature Trust to restore biodiversity

3 Hectare

Predator-proof ecosanctuary for threatened species

$1 million+

Donated since 2009 to other worthy causes in our community

14,000+

Native trees planted by our team in Golden Bay

Imagine a dream team of DOC biodiversity experts, local Iwi, and passionate conservation experts and volunteers collaborating to create a wondrous nature sanctuary in an iconic landscape. It is such a privilege for HealthPost to be funding such tangible change.”
- Peter Butler,
HealthPost

The Nature Trust exists to restore, research, and protect this beautiful place for native species to thrive.

Restore

We’re restoring biodiversity in our spectacular, yet ecologically challenged natural environment. 

Research

Nature always has more to teach us. We’re listening and learning every day.

 

Protect

The Ecosanctuary exists to protect threatened species, so they can call this safe haven home.

1. Restoring biodiversity

Planting Trees  

Every year the HealthPost team, our local community, and the Department of Conservation get together to plant over 1,000 native trees. So far, we’ve planted 16,000+ trees (and growing), providing shelter and habitat for threatened species to flourish.

2. Researching environmental sustainability 

Ecological research at Te Whare Whakatā 

The HealthPost Nature Trust field station, Te Whare Whakatā, is a community resource available for ecological research and educational, conservation, and cultural activities. Aptly named “House of Rest” this humble haven offers a sustainable base in our remote corner of Aotearoa.

3. Protecting threatened species

Reintroducing native seabirds

We’re reintroducing seabirds such as Pakahā (Fluttering Shearwater) and Fleshfooted Shearwater to the Wharariki Ecosanctuary. Our team of conservation experts and volunteers support these precious seabirds so they can once again flourish in their natural habitat. 

Guarding against predators

We’ve built a three-hectare predator-proof fence with traplines to protect threatened species in the Ecosanctuary. We continue to review and improve our approach to do our best for nature, in the most natural way possible.

Supporting marine life

We support our team to train as marine medics and work closely with the Department of Conservation and Project Jonah when whales strand at Farewell Spit to assist with refloating. Whale rescues are always an incredible team effort by our whole community. 


Together with your help, we're
making a difference

HealthPost Nature Trust: The Nelson Green Gecko

The Nelson Green Gecko was identified as an important species in the HealthPost Nature Trust’s Bioblitz in 2019, which gathered conservation experts from around Aotearoa to help plan the partnership regeneration project.

A huge thank you to our customers, team, community volunteers and project partners for making it possible to continue the predator control and revegetation efforts needed to give the precious Nelson Green Gecko a chance to thrive.

When you shop with us, you’re making a healthy difference

$430,487

Donated since 2017 to our Nature Trust to restore biodiversity

3 Hectare

Predator-proof ecosanctuary for threatened species

$1 million+

Donated since 2009 to other worthy causes in our community

14,000+

Native trees planted by our team in Golden Bay

Pakahā 2024 translocation update

The HealthPost Nature Trust is one important way that HealthPost delivers on its vision to have a lasting, positive impact on people and planet, and we reached another milestone recently in our regeneration goals, with the translocation of 92 pakahā fluttering shearwater chicks to the Wharariki Ecosanctuary in January 2024.

When you shop with us, you’re making a healthy difference

$430,487

Donated since 2017 to our Nature Trust to restore biodiversity

3 Hectare

Predator-proof ecosanctuary for threatened species

$1 million+

Donated since 2009 to other worthy causes in our community

14,000+

Native trees planted by our team in Golden Bay

16,000+ natives trees planted (& counting)

For over a decade we've planted 1000s of native trees around Mohus Golden Bay, through the HealthPost Nature Trust. Thanks to our community of volunteers and conservation parters for helping bring back biodiversity to the beautiful land we call home, so native flora and fauna can flourish.

Thank you - your healthy choices help us create a healthier future.

16,000+ natives trees planted (& counting)

For over a decade we've planted 1000s of native trees around Mohus Golden Bay, through the HealthPost Nature Trust. Thanks to our community of volunteers and conservation parters for helping bring back biodiversity to the beautiful land we call home, so native flora and fauna can flourish.

Thank you - your healthy choices help us create a healthier future.

When you shop with us, you’re making a healthy difference

$638,820

Donated since 2017 to the Nature Trust to restore biodiversity

3 hectare

Predator-proof Ecosanctuary for threatened species

$1 million+

Donated since 2009 to other worthy causes in our community

16,000+

Native trees planted by our team in Golden Bay

Imagine a dream team of DOC biodiversity experts, local Iwi, and passionate conservation experts and volunteers collaborating to create a wondrous nature sanctuary in an iconic landscape. It is such a privilege for HealthPost to be funding such tangible change.”

- Peter Butler,
HealthPost

The Nature Trust exists to restore, research, and protect this beautiful place for native species to thrive.

Restore

We’re restoring biodiversity in our spectacular, yet ecologically challenged natural environment. 

Research

Nature always has more to teach us. We’re listening and learning every day.

Protect

The Ecosanctuary exists to protect threatened species, so they can call this safe haven home.

1. Restoring biodiversity

HealthPost Nature Trust 2022 tree planting

Every year the HealthPost team, local community, and the Department of Conservation get together to plant 1000+ native trees. 2022 marks our 12th year of tree planting and so far we’ve planted more than 16,000 trees, providing shelter and habitat so threatened species can thrive.

2. Researching environmental sustainability 

Ecological research at Te Whare Whakatā 

The HealthPost Nature Trust field station, Te Whare Whakatā, is a community resource available for ecological research and educational, conservation, and cultural activities. Aptly named “House of Rest” this humble haven offers a sustainable base in our remote corner of Aotearoa.

3. Protecting threatened species

Reintroducing native seabirds

We’re reintroducing seabirds such as Pakahā (Fluttering Shearwater) and Fleshfooted Shearwater to the Wharariki Ecosanctuary. Our team of conservation experts and volunteers support these precious seabirds so they can once again flourish in their natural habitat. 

Guarding against predators

We’ve built a three-hectare predator-proof fence with traplines to protect threatened species in our Ecosanctuary. We continue to review and improve our approach to do our best for nature, in the most natural way possible.

Supporting marine life

We support our team to train as marine medics and work closely with the Department of Conservation and Project Jonah when whales strand at Farewell Spit to assist with refloating. Whale rescues are always an incredible team effort by our whole community. 

3. Protecting threatened species

Reintroducing native seabirds

We’re reintroducing seabirds such as Pakahā (Fluttering Shearwater) and Fleshfooted Shearwater to the Wharariki Ecosanctuary. Our team of conservation experts and volunteers support these precious seabirds so they can once again flourish in their natural habitat. 

Guarding against predators

We’ve built a three-hectare predator-proof fence with traplines to protect threatened species in the Ecosanctuary. We continue to review and improve our approach to do our best for nature, in the most natural way possible.

Supporting marine life

We support our team to train as marine medics and work closely with the Department of Conservation and Project Jonah when whales strand at Farewell Spit to assist with refloating. Whale rescues are always an incredible team effort by our whole community. 

Together with your help, we're
making a difference

Get involved with our Nature Trust

50 pakahā chicks arrive at Wharariki Ecosanctuary

The eagerly anticipated introduction of 50 pakahā (fluttering shearwater) chicks happened without a hitch in January 2022. It’s what the last five years of fencing, trapping, planting and making burrows have all been for - to help threatened, native species continue to thrive on the mainland.

Why wetlands are essential ecosystems

The Nature Trust is currently focused on restoring the Wharariki Wetland as part of its partnership work to regenerate biodiversity at Onetahua Farewell Spit.

HealthPost Nature Trust species focus: The Nelson Green Gecko

One of the wondrous creatures benefitting from the regeneration work at the Wharariki Ecosanctuary and Onetahua Farewell Spit is the Nelson Green Gecko. Let's learn more about this NZ native species.


Recent news

GREAT SPOTTED KIWI FOUND FAR FROM HOME

The discovery of a great spotted kiwi at the northern tip of the South Island is being hailed as remarkable, and a boost for local pest eradication efforts. Stuff – April, 2024

LAST BIRD IN COLONY RESTORATION EFFOR TAKES FLIGHT

The last of this year’s pakahā fluttering shearwater chicks has flown its nest at the Wharariki Ecosanctuary. Stuff – March, 2024.

THIRD ROUND OF FLUTTERING SHEARWATER CHICKS TRANSFERRED TO WHARARIKI FAREWELL SPIT

A large group of pakahā chicks have fledged from their burrows. RNZ – February, 2024.

THIRD ROUND OF SEABIRD CHICKS HEADED FOR CAPE FAREWELL IN RESTORATION EFFORT

Volunteers prepare to move 90+ fluttering shearwater pakahā chicks to Wharariki Eco-sanctuary. Stuff – January, 2024

COUNTRY CALENDAR FEATURE

HealthPost, the HealthPost Nature Trust, and Kolorex feature in TVNZ’s #1 Country Calendar. Country Calendar – October, 2023.

AMBITIOUS PLAN TO RETURN NATIVE SEABIRDS TO FAREWELL SPIT

HealthPost Nature Trust Chair, Peter Butler, and volunteers, share the plan for fluttering shearwater chicks to arrive at the Wharariki Ecosanctuary. One News – February, 2023.

VOLUNTEERS TO RELEASE 100 PAKAHĀ CHICKS AT CAPE FAREWELL ECOSANCTUARY

Volunteers prepare to care for 100 pakahā chicks, before they fledge. RNZ – January 2023.

PETER BUTLER SHARES HIS TED TALK

Discovering the art of giving – TedXNelson, April 2022.

BLUE CARBON STUDY

Blue carbon study grows along with national recognition – Stuff, May 2022.

COMMENDATION FOR RESTORING NATURE

HealthPost awarded judges commendation for the Restoring Nature Category in the 2021 Sustainable Business Awards – Scoop, 2021.

FAREWELL SPIT COTTAGE

Farewell Spit cottage gets new lease of life as conservation base – Stuff, 2021.

ECOSANCTUARY PROGRESSION

Cape Farewell Ecosanctuary progressing despite setbacks – RNZ, 2021.

NEW ZEALAND WILDLIFE SANCTUARIES

10 of New Zealand’s best predator-free wildlife sanctuaries – Lonely Planet, 2020.

SYMBOL OF HOPE

Cape Farewell Ecosanctuary a symbol of hope – RNZ, 2020.

LONELY PLANET

An Ecosanctuary with a predator-proof fence has opened in New Zealand – Lonely Planet, 2020.

SANCTUARY FOR SEABIRDS

Predator-free sanctuary for seabirds, rare native plants opens at Cape Farewell – RNZ, 2020.

BOOST SEABIRD NUMBERS

New sanctuary to boost seabird numbers at Cape Farewell – Stuff, 2019.

We're here to have a lasting, positive impact
on the wellbeing of people and our planet.

We're here to have a lasting, positive impact
on the wellbeing of people and our planet.