Help with iNaturalist NZ

What is iNaturalist NZ—Mātaki Taiao?

Kia ora! Welcome to iNaturalist NZ—Mātaki Taiao. You can use iNaturalist NZ to record your observations of species, get any species identified, help others identify species, and talk with other NZ nature enthusiasts. In other words, watch nature!

We're the New Zealand site in the global iNaturalist network. We're operated by the New Zealand Bio-Recording Network (NZBRN) Trust, a NZ charitable trust lead by a team of NZ ecologists and biodiversity IT professionals. iNaturalist is an open-source, global nature observation system supported by the California Academy of Sciences based in San Francisco and the (US) National Geographic. While iNaturalist NZ—Mātaki Taiao started out in 2012 as an independent NZ-optimised fork of iNaturalist, since November 2014 we've been operating directly from within the iNaturalist servers, and since June 2018 we changed our name from NatureWatch NZ. Because iNaturalist is awesome.

That means that when you are using iNaturalist NZ—Mātaki Taiao, you are also using iNaturalist global at the same time. iNaturalist NZ—Mātaki Taiao is a Kiwi window into iNaturalist that shows just the New Zealand observations, species, and users. That way your fantails and totara observations don't get lost in a flood of squirrels and bald eagles. Because nobody in New Zealand wants to get lost in a flood of squirrels and bald eagles.

Since all iNaturalist NZ—Mātaki Taiao observations also show up simultaneously on the global iNaturalist parent, this means that you've got the world's best naturalists looking at your observations, ready and keen to help. And, if you go overseas, you can use with your iNaturalist NZ—Mātaki Taiao account. When you get back home, all your overseas observations will be there in your list of observations inside iNaturalist NZ—Mātaki Taiao. It's the best of both worlds.

This also means that if you want to use iNaturalist NZ—Mātaki Taiao on your iPhone, iPad, or Android device, you can use the excellent iNaturalist mobile app (iOS, Android). Just download it and sign in with your NZ account. All of your observations will show up right here on iNaturalist NZ—Mātaki Taiao. (We used to maintain a separate NZ app on the Apple AppStore but we retired that when the iNat app did it all better.)

Help using iNaturalist NZ—Mātaki Taiao

You'll see links to help pages along the left side near the top of this page. We recommend you start with our "Add an observation" page.

Using iNaturalist NZ—Mātaki Taiao is the same as using iNaturalist, and iNat also has an extensive set of help pages that you can use. If you're just getting started with us, check out iNat's Getting Started guide to tour some of the site's features. If you have a question about the site, have a look through the iNat Frequently Asked Questions.

If you'd rather just send us an email and ask for help, that's good. Please do! We're here at and are happy to give you one-on-one help getting started, or help you figure out how to do something a bit tricky. We're also very keen to hear about any non-biological bugs you might encounter on the site. We work closely with the iNaturalist developers to keep improving the system.

You can also post your questions to the iNaturalist Forum. This is a vibrant global forum supporting the iNaturalist platform worldwide. We'll try to beat other iNaturalist users to the answer.

Please don't ask us for identifications through our email help desk, Facebook or forums — after all, that's why we have iNaturalist NZ—Mātaki Taiao. It's easy to join our community if you are a first-timer.

And thanks for sharing your observations with New Zealand and the world using iNaturalist NZ—Mātaki Taiao. Together we're discovering a lot of new and amazing things about NZ nature.

Revised on September 13, 2020 04:25 by jon_sullivan jon_sullivan