Our Highlights from Conservation Week

Conservation week has just finished and it has marked the 50th anniversary of conservation week. With more than 4,000 species threatened or at risk, nature needs us to take action now. It was very encouraging to see so many community-driven conservation projects out in force last week.

New Zealand is known globally for our efforts in conservation. We’re nowhere near done, but we’ve made considerable progress to protect our native species and bring them back from the brink of extinction.

As New Zealanders, we can be proud of our commitment to preserving our natural and historic heritage, supported by environmental legislation, and community and iwi input. There’s no place on earth quite like it.

DOC Announces New Biodiversity Strategy

Due to our isolation, Aotearoa has evolved into a series of islands with rich and unique biodiversity. Many of our plants, birds, bats, insects, fungi, reptiles and marine life are not found anywhere else in the world. We’re lucky enough to have ancient rainforests, tussock grasslands, vast seaweed forests and braided rivers on our doorstep. 

However, our biodiversity is in crisis. As it stands, we currently have over 4,000 indigenous species threatened or at risk of extinction. 

DOC is leading consultation for a new national strategy for biodiversity that will be in place from 2020. The new Biodiversity Strategy will set a vision and guide our biodiversity management work for the next 50 years. 

During the week, Nic Mead from Auckland Sea Kayaks was invited to join Hon. Eugenie Sage, Minister of Conservation and Lou Sanson, Department of Conservation Director-General while they discussed the vision, opportunities and challenges of Sea Change – the Hauraki Gulf spatial plan, and conservation work of the Tamaki Makaurau / Auckland region. It was very encouraging to hear the discussions and progress for our Moana.

There were many partnership events with a few highlighted below. 

Lighting up the Auckland Harbour Bridge for Conservation Week is a joint project between DOC and Auckland Council. The light show runs on 249 solar panels and uses 90,000 programmable LED lights permanently installed on the bridge to create colour and abstract visuals.

Plant a Tree events were in full force throughout the week. Hundreds of people turned up in force at Omana for a very successful tree planting mission.

Always a highlight was the Marine Based Quiz which was held on Thursday 19th of September. This quiz was brought to us by our friends at Experience Marine Reserves