QEII National Trust is Aotearoa’s leading private land conservation organisation. We are an independent charitable trust that partners with landowners to protect natural and cultural heritage sites on their private land with covenants. A covenant is a legal agreement between us and a landowner to protect land forever, even when it is sold to a new owner.
Our head office is based in Wellington, where we have around 20 staff members across three teams, led by our Senior Leadership Team. Head office roles range from legal, ecological, health and safety, policy, communications, geographic information and coordinating nationwide activities.
We also have 27 regional representatives located across the country. Our regional representatives are engaged as independent contractors. They are our team on the ground and their role includes identifying and negotiating new areas of protection, monitoring existing covenants and working with the wider community and other agencies to raise awareness and support for the work of QEII and our covenantors.
QEII is overseen by a Board, which is made up of six directors. The Board is responsible for executive control and management of QEII. The Minister of Conservation appoints four directors and our members elect the remaining two directors.
Our mission is to inspire private landowners to protect and enhance open spaces of ecological and cultural significance. Almost 70% of New Zealand is in private land ownership, so protecting biodiversity and heritage on private land is critical to reversing the decline of indigenous biodiversity and preserving our history.