Conservation Week runs from 15 – 23 September. This week, help New Zealand’s biodiversity by completing a conservation activity at home. These actions don’t just make your garden look good they also help protect our native species from predators, provide sources of food for native birds and reduce harm to wildlife and plants beyond your own backyard.

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New Zealand’s wildlife is in crisis with more than 4,000 of our species threatened or at risk. These species include those that you may be familiar with, like the Māui dolphin and Kakapo, and those that are lesser well known including fungi, snails, insects, lizards and fish. All these species are part of what makes New Zealand unique.

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As Conservation Week approaches, Marine Science Advisor Laura shares tips for managing dogs near wildlife at the beach.

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New Zealanders are lucky to live in a nation with such a diversity of native flora and fauna. Writer Johanna Cider shares a few reasons why New Zealand’s wildlife is so unique.

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We check in with the Oscar, Stanley and their family, who won our Conservation Week competition last year to experience Ulva/Te Wharawhara Island. Oscar and Stanley tell us about their family trip.

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For nearly 70 years a group of passionate and dedicated people have been working hard to ensure takahē are never again considered extinct. Although the people have changed, the mission of returning takahē to the wild – having takahē roaming the native grasslands of mainland New Zealand – has always remained the same. Since rediscovery in 1948, Takahē Recovery has taken many forms and exists as one of the longest standing and progressive conservation stories in the world.

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Spotless crakes/pūweto are a great indicator of the success of a wetland restoration. Ranger Rose has been monitoring pūweto in Waikato’s Peat Lakes where restoration work is being carried out.

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