National Vegetation Survey

Dear New Zealand Ecological Society member,


Periodically the team that manages the National Vegetation Survey (NVS) databank seeks input from users of the NVS databank and other interested people to help steer our direction for future years.  We have designed a short survey to help people  provide this valuable input.  Even if you are not a current NVS user we’d love to hear from you.


Please take the survey here: 


What is the NVS databank?  The NVS databank is a physical archive and electronic databank containing records of over 104,000 vegetation survey plots.  NVS provides a unique record, spanning more than 60 years, of indigenous and exotic plants in New Zealand's terrestrial ecosystems. A broad range of habitats are covered, with special emphasis on indigenous forests and grasslands.


Archived material and data are provided by a wide range of participants and we have developed software for entering, validating and summarising data along with written agreements that protect the interests of data providers and determine access rights to specific datasets.


Data within NVS support international and national reporting requirements, policy development and land management and ecological restoration decision-making. Historical information in NVS has significance in enabling New Zealand to address issues of current concern including assessing the impacts of climate change, the storage of carbon in indigenous ecosystems, and setting restoration goals.


Please go to this link to complete the survey:   

The survey will be open until 3 September.

If you know of anyone else who would be interested in completing this survey, please feel free to forward this message to them.


Thank you for your ongoing interest and support.

The NVS team:

Susan Wiser, Elise Arnst, Larry Burrows, Hamish Maule, Margaret Robinson, Margaret Watts, Nick Spencer, Shirley Vickers, Martin Herran and Mohamed Abozeid


Susan Wiser
Senior scientist
Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research
T +64 3 321 9839
Manaaki Whenua - Landcare Research