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The George Mason Centre for the Natural Environment (GMCNE) is a nexus of research for and about the natural environment.

The natural environment defines New Zealand, from our mountains to the sea we have a unique natural heritage. We benefit from our natural environment in many ways, but we also degrade it. The pressures of environmental change need leadership in demonstrating local answers to what are international problems.  Contributing positive solutions to support conservation, restoration and sustainability requires interdisciplinary research and collaboration in research partnerships with governance and society.

Major challenges for the George Mason Centre for the Natural Environment include:

  • restoring species, habitats and ecosystems
  • defining ways to support conservation in the face of environmental change
  • identifying and testing new technologies to support sustainability
  • revealing the connections within and between nature and society to inform actions and innovative policy


Can we restore our unique natural environment?

Dr George Mason talks about the huge challenge of restoring New Zealand's natural environment and his motivation for offering such generous support in this video about his life and work.

The George Mason Charitable Trust has supported 26 students since 2000, and will continue to support many more through the transformative gift of $5 million he has given to establish the new George Mason Centre for the Natural Environment.


The George Mason fund

The GMCNE is a major environment focused research centre that helps us offer a new, independent voice, backed by strong scholarship and empirical evidence, to inform the often heated debates over the future of our wonderful country – and oceans. 

Educating brilliant, passionate minds it will bring fresh ideas to accelerate research and translate findings into positive solutions.

Help us create a legacy of solutions-focused research and applications.

Support the fund.


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If you have an enquiry about the centre, want to know more about our research, or would like to connect with us. 

Find out how you can support the fund and help us create a legacy of solutions-focused research and applications.

Please contact usWe look forward to hearing from you.