The organisation was founded in response to a proposed development in Butterfly Bay in the Far North which would have meant destruction of the very trees which monarchs use to overwinter (i.e. wait out the winter).
They are a completely volunteer-based charitable organisation, with members interested in, or are dedicated to, the protection and conservation of New Zealand’s fauna and flora.
None of the members get paid and/or receive any monies or payment for work that they do for the Trust.
The MBNZT focuses on the protection and conservation of butterflies and moths that are found in New Zealand. Activities include education, research, events, exhibitions and advocacy.
• Speaking events
• Butterfly releases
• Monarch butterfly tagging research programme
• Host and organise conferences
• Produce and provide educational material for schools
• Exhibits and displays (garden shows, museums)
• Run on-line courses on butterfly environment/ecology and gardening for butterflies
• Make submissions on matters that affect NZ’s biodiversity especially when they relate to butterflies and moths
They also make television and radio appearances, visit schools and gardening clubs and host exhibitions and displays throughout the country. Their diverse range of educational resources complement the NZ School Curriculum.