Welcome to Birds New Zealand, the popular name for The Ornithological Society of New Zealand Inc. The Society was formally established at an inaugural general meeting on 24 May 1940 and incorporated in 1953.
On this page, you can find out all about the society and how we work. To find your local branch of Birds New Zealand and find out what’s going on in your area, visit Find Your Region.
The following three motions and proposed rule changes were passed at the AGM in 2021:
(1) Society Name. The legally registered name of the Society shall be The Ornithological Society of New Zealand Incorporated. The popular operating name for the Society shall be Birds New Zealand. The Te Reo Māori name of the Society shall be Te Kāhui Mātai Manu o Aotearoa. The full background paper can be downloaded here 1.
(2) Subscription date. 6.2 The full annual subscription shall be payable on the anniversary of when a member joined the Society whereupon they shall be entitled to receive any publication of the Society and to exercise all the rights of their class of Membership for one year. 6.3 No Member shall be entitled to receive any publication of the Society or exercise any of the rights of their class of Membership unless an annual subscription has been paid within eight weeks of the anniversary of the Member joining the Society. 6.5 To be repealed. The full background paper can be downloaded here
(3) Subscription rate. The rate of subscriptions for all classes of Society Memberships shall be amended from January 2022. The full background paper with the present and proposed amended subscription rates can be downloaded here
Memorandum of Understanding – The Royal Forest & Bird Protection Society of New Zealand
Memorandum of Understanding – Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Memorandum of Understanding – Young Birders New Zealand
Agreement – Access to Historic Bird Atlas Data – Landcare Research
Collaborative Research Agreement with DOC: Movement and Survival of South Island Pied Oystercatchers
2020 Audited Annual Report 2020 Independent Review Report
2019 Audited Annual Report 2019 Independent Review Report
2018 Audited Annual Report 2018 Independent Review Report
2017 Audited Annual Report 2017 Independent Review Report
2016 Audited Annual Report
2015 Audited Annual Report
2014 Audited Annual Report
The Birds New Zealand Manual contains the Society’s guidelines and procedures.
We are in the process of updating the files. More files will be uploaded soon.