Significant early projects funded by New Zealand corporates, through the Foundation, include:
Takahe Rescue (Mitre 10)
For more than a decade, Mitre 10 supported the Takahe Recovery Programme. Amongst other things, its funding improved breeding success and helped transfer birds to safe predator-free islands.
Lizard Conservation Project (Kathmandu)
This project enabled surveys to locate endangered alpine gecko.
Rakiura National Park
The Foundation made a significant donation towards a chain link sculpture marking the entrance to Rakiura National Park. The sculpture symbolises the Maori tradition that Stewart Island/Rakiura is the anchor stone to Ma - ui's waka, the South Island.
Projects supported by The Foundation with grants from Transpower include: yellow-eyed penguin (hoiho) conservation; bringing native plant species back to Motuora Island in the Hauraki Gulf; and bringing Buff weka back to mainland New Zealand – the birds were translocated from Chatham Island to Mou Waho Island in Lake Wanaka.
Motuihe Island Restoration and Conservation Trust (Mobil)
This project focused on ecologically restoring Motuihe Island in the Hauraki Gulf, including reintroducing two endangered bird species.