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History of Ecologic

Ecologic had its beginnings in the early days of the native forest conservation movement in the early 1970s. In 1975 a series of forest campaign groups joined together under the banner of the Native Forests Action Council (NFAC), with the Maruia Declaration as its manifesto.

NFAC was the spearhead of native forest campaigns for twelve years. It was the prime mover in the main achievements of this period:

  • An end to logging of indigenous State forests in the North Island;
  • The signing of the West Coast Forests Accord, providing for preservation of wide areas and a phasing-down of wood harvest to a small-scale, sustainable yield on the West Coast;
  • The abolition of the Forest Service, and the creation of the Department of Conservation;
  • Extensive additions to the national park and reserve system.

By 1988 it was time to broaden the organisation to address a wider range of environmental concerns. To facilitate this, NFAC changed its name to become the Maruia Society. Over the decade that followed, Maruia:

  • Played a major role in the development of, and later review of, the Resource Management Act
  • Developed a programme of conservation work in Fiji, Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea and New Caledonia
  • Became the environmental group that worked with business: we worked on the greening of leading businesses in the food, fishing, forestry, waste management, chemical, energy and building industries
  • Played a significant role in the development of the government’s policies on climate change, forestry, energy, transport and overseas development assistance.

In 1999, the Maruia Society evolved into the Ecologic Foundation, adopting a new name and mission.

Executive director Guy Salmon, and some of our board members, have been involved with the organisation in its various forms since the 1970s.

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