About BirdCare Aotearoa

With a highly professional and experienced team, we offer a holistic service with a breadth of care unlike any other avian hospital and rehabilitation centre in New Zealand. Our staff are highly regarded and we are known for being at the forefront of bird care and rehabilitation.

As professional wildlife rehabilitators, we follow the Code of Professional Ethics, set in place by the International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council (IWRC) and the National Wildlife Rehabilitation Association (NWRA) and practiced by all Certified Wildlife Rehabilitators (CWR) as a condition of their unique qualification.

Collaboration is central to our work. We work with individuals and organisations, nationally and internationally, to ensure we use the depth of expertise and knowledge available. We also share our knowledge in a variety of ways, teaching others how to care for our precious birdlife.

As well as being available to members of the public, we also coordinate with rescue centres and frontline responders throughout New Zealand, helping ensure that sick, injured, and orphaned wild birds receive the care they need.


Our vision is to establish BirdCare Aotearoa as a National Centre of Excellence in wildlife rehabilitation.


Our mission is to care about, and care for, all birds. We do this through advocacy, education and care.


At BirdCare Aotearoa, we pride ourselves on being proactive, positive, energetic and inclusive.

Our purpose

Our purpose is to use our strengths and capabilities:

  • to provide rehabilitation, care, and release services for wild birds, and engagement, research and learning services for people and communities,
  • in a way that assists the wellbeing of the wild birds of Aotearoa New Zealand; and assists people and communities to grow their love and care for the wild birds of their place,
  • ensuring consistency with Te Tiriti o Waitangi,
  • to assist other movements, groups and organisations who are endeavouring to promote activities designed to support birds, the environment and learning,
  • so that a healthy and safe relationship is built and strengthened between wildlife and human communities of Aotearoa New Zealand; one that is reciprocal in contributing to the health and wellbeing of both parties, and the environment we share.

Our purpose statement acknowledges there are many players contributing to the overall outcome to which BirdCare Aotearoa contributes; acknowledges that each has strengths and capabilities, including BirdCare Aotearoa; and that by using those strengths and capabilities, each is able to play a complementary and collaborative role towards the overall outcome.