Protect, Enhance, Connect.


For All of Us

The vision of The Forest Bridge Trust is to create a connected landscape of healthy forest and flourishing indigenous wildlife from the Kaipara Harbour in the west to the Pacific Ocean in the east. 

Our story

The seed of The Forest Bridge Trust was planted when founders Kevin and Gill Adshead— who reintroduced kiwi to their family farm at Glorit in 2013— discovered that for the new residents to spread their flightless wings and thrive, they would need 10,000 hectares of pest controlled habitat. 

This would be a challenge in itself, but they had an even bigger dream was that one day, these west coast kiwi could safely roam and eventually meet up with their cousins over in Tāwharanui Regional Park.  It was clear, to make the dream a reality, a specialised team was needed to work with landowners and the wider community to connect the landscape and improve the habitat from coast to coast. And so, the Forest Bridge Trust, or TFBT for short,was established in 2014.

In the news

Kiwi Conservation receives multi-million-dollar cash injection.

Kiwi conservationists all over Aotearoa are celebrating after the Ministry of Conservation announced a multi-million-dollar cash injection into kiwi conservation efforts today.Jobs for Nature funding, as part of the Government’s COVID-19 response and recovery package,...

More Resources for Kiwi Conservation

Department of Conservation Media Release, September 17, 2020. New Zealand’s goal of 100,000 kiwi by 2030 is being helped by an extra $19.7 million in funding to accelerate iwi and community efforts to protect kiwi, Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage announced....

Our priority – building a central bridge

Until 2025, our focus is working to acheive a predator controlled corridor of land, the Central Bridge.  This is an area of 54,000 hectares connecting the existing wildlife sanctuaries at Mataia Restoration Project in the west to Tawharanui Regional Park in the east.

How we will build the bridge

Our activities connect the landscape and people in the North Rodney region through focused activities:


Connecting farmers and landowners with funding partners to protect native habitat.


Supporting landowners and communities to control predators through trapping training and providing tools and resources.


Engaging the future generation through pest control education and support in schools. 

We welcome your help

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Our purpose

Through practical landowner-centred support, enable the protection, enhancement and connection of forest remnants, wetlands and other landscape to provide safe habitat for indigenous wildlife.

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