Native species thrive where we live, work and play

Who's Involved

Cape to City is immense, and so is the scope of its partnerships. From individual landowners and schools to iwi and government agencies, our supporters are diverse — and growing! Everyone has a role to play in bringing native species back to the landscape.

Interested in meeting the team behind Cape to City? Check out our project management page.

To learn more about some of the specific Cape to City partner agencies responsible for bringing this project to life, click on the logos below:

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Our Ambassador

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'If we are serious about our operating space (the Planet) then we need to ensure that the younger generation are trained to become science and nature literate.' - Ruud Kleinpaste

We're passionate about returning all of our native species to Hawke's Bay, starting from the soil up! So it's fitting that none other than 'The Bugman', Ruud Kleinpaste, is Cape to City's official project ambassador.

Author, lecturer, radio show presenter and former television host, Ruud is a tireless champion for ecology and conservation across New Zealand. A whole generation of Kiwis grew up listening to 'Ruud's Awakening' and watching him on 'Maggie's Garden Show', 'What Now' and 'Buggin' With Ruud', where he shared his boundless enthusiasm for bugs, birds and our environment. More recently, Ruud has been actively involved in supporting environmental education projects from Fiordland to the Bay of Islands, encouraging Kiwis to take part in citizen science and learn more about the world around them.

In addition to Cape to City, Ruud is a respected trustee of several restoration projects such as Project Crimson, Kiwis for Kiwi and the Air New Zealand Environment Trust. He also serves as a patron for the Little Barrier Island Supporters Trust, the National Wetland Trust, Trees for Survival, the Southland Community Environment Trust and Wingspan.

Ruud loves getting hands-on with the Cape to City project when he's in the Bay, so keep an eye out for 'The Bugman'!

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