The Jane Goodall Institute is a global nonprofit focused on inspiring individual action to improve the understanding, welfare and conservation of great apes and to safeguard the planet we all share. 

The Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) is a global nonprofit organisation committed to community-centred conservation and focused on inspiring individual action.  The organisation’s mission is based on Dr. Jane Goodall’s belief that the well-being of our world relies on people taking an active interest in all living things.

In 2014 Dr. Jane Goodall’s speaking tour of New Zealand attracted wide public and media interest and it became clear that the time was right to establish a Chapter of the Jane Goodall institute in New Zealand, joining 27 other JGI chapters around the globe.

There are clear reasons why the objectives of the Jane Goodall Institute resonate with New Zealanders, not least because New Zealanders care about and value the natural environment and wildlife, but also because New Zealanders travel widely and have a deep appreciation and awareness of other environments and cultures, as well as international conservation and sustainability challenges.

JGI New Zealand is a registered charity and incorporated society. Although JGI New Zealand is a Chapter of the Global organisation we are entirely reliant on donations, membership, sponsorship and partnership from individuals, organisations and businesses for funding work and programmes.

JGI New Zealand Leadership

The leadership of the New Zealand Chapter of the Jane Goodall Institute operate independently but work under the guidance of the Global organisation and in collaberation  with other Chapters worldwide. 

What we stand for

  • We strive to respect, nourish and protect all living things; people, animals and the environment are all interconnected
  • We believe that knowledge leads to understanding, and that understanding will encourage us to take action
  • We believe that every individual has the ability to make a positive difference
  • We believe that flexibility and open-mindedness are essential to enable us to respond to a changing world
  • We require integrity and compassion in all that we do and say

JGI New Zealand Team

Our mission

Jane Goodall Institute New Zealand exists to inspire and advance the power of individuals to take informed and compassionate action to improve the environment of all living things. This mission guides our programmes, campaigns and work. 

JGI New Zealand Youth Leaders

JGI New Zealand believes in empowering young people to act as conservation leaders. 

Our programmes and campaigns are guided by our youth leaders, and they engage and inspire others with their actions.

Youth Ambassador - Charlotte Thomas

My name is Charlotte Thomas. I'm 15 years old and I've had a passion for animals and the environment for as long as I can remember. My love for the outdoors comes from my frequent visits to Great Barrier Island where I'm able to immerse myself in New Zealand wildlife. I am very passionate about the bird life of the Hauraki Gulf and getting kids interested in making a difference to the environment.

I would like to see a change in how people are treating the natural environment and what we are doing in order to encourage people to be more involved with conservation in New Zealand.

I look forward to having a positive impact and being a role model for young people so that together we can be the change of that our environment needs.

JGI NZ Opportunities

Join Our Team

We are currently seeking applicants for these roles:

  • Roots & Shoots Regional Coordinators - Waikato, Canterbury, Otago

So if you are enthusiastic and reliable find out more about the roles and get in touch!

Find out about working with JGI NZ

Part of a Bigger Team

Global gathering of JGI's in Barcelona in 2015. JGI NZ is a Chapter of JGI and joins with other Chapters around the world to further the organisation's mission. 


There are JGIs making a difference around the world everyday. Our approach as a global conservation organisation has always been community-centred, while working together across sectors, regions and cultures to make the greatest impact. This means improving the lives of people, animals, and the environment through international and local collaboration, and having the people who know their communities best take the lead in creating positive change. We inspire hope through the collective power of individual action – finding the best way to advance conservation where it’s needed most.

JGI – GLOBAL                                                                                                          JGI – EUROPE

R & S – ABU DHABI                                                                                               JGI – ARGENTINA

JGI – AUSTRALIA                                                                                                   JGI – AUSTRIA

JGI – BELGIUM                                                                                                       JGI – CANADA

JGI – CHILE                                                                                                              JGI – CHINA – BEIJING

R & S – CHINA – CHENGDU                                                                            R & S – CHINA – SHANGHAI

R & S – COLOMBIA                                                                                               JGI – REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO

JGI – DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO                                  JGI – FRANCE

JGI – GERMANY                                                                                                     JGI – HONG KONG

JGI – HUNGARY                                                                                                     R & S – INDONESIA

JGI – ITALY                                                                                                                JGI – JAPAN

JGI – KENYA                                                                                                             R & S – LATIN AMERICA & CARIBBEAN

R & S – MALAYSIA                                                                                                  JGI – NEPAL

JGI – NETHERLANDS                                                                                           JGI – NEW ZEALAND

JGI – SINGAPORE                                                                                                   JGI – SOUTH AFRICA

R & S – SOUTH KOREA                                                                                        JGI – SPAIN

JGI – SWEDEN                                                                                                         JGI – SWITZERLAND

JGI – TAIWAN                                                                                                          JGI – TANZANIA

JGI – UGANDA                                                                                                        JGI – UK