Posters of the past

 —  10/04/2012

By Siobhan File

As part of the DOC’s 25th anniversary celebrations, I asked around to see what posters DOC staff had tucked away from yester-years. Check them out and vote for your favourite…

Knowledge on these posters is limited, so if you have any information about these, or any gems of your own hidden away, I’d love to hear from you!

Care for your country – 1973

This is by the famous Wellington cartoonist Nevile Lodge who must have been specially commissioned to do this poster.

Care for your country

Conservation is all year – 1976

This is a favourite for many. It was designed by Howard Campbell and was the winning entry in a competition sponsored by Todd Group and WWF.

Save us a place to live – 1979

This lovely poster was created by Don Binney, produced for the National Conservation Week Campaign Committee, with assistance from the L.D Nathan Group of Companies.

Nature’s place in town – 1981

And we move into the eighties… A Conservation New Zealand poster; simple, and to the point.

Reflect your concern. Plant a tree – 1981

It’s Conservation Week, but this guy doesn’t look too happy about it. Nice inclusion of Arbor Day messaging though.

The alpine world

This poster was developed at Mount Cook in the mid 1980s in conjunction with the publication of an A4 book The Alpine World of Mount Cook National Park.

A similar poster was printed for Tongariro National Park, but the concept didn’t get used for a wider national message.

Len Cobb from Cobb/Horwood, who did many of the National Park A5 handbooks, did the production.

Tread gently on the ice

This poster was produced by DOC staff member Harry Keys when he worked at the Commission for the Environment (CFE) in the mid 80s. CFE had become part of the government’s delegation at meetings of the Antarctic Treaty parties which, at the time, were dominated by the question of how to assess proposals for mineral and hydrocarbon exploration and development in the Antarctic region. It was widely displayed in post offices throughout New Zealand.

Tread gently on the ice

People need plants

It’s true. A lovely landscape produced by the Post Office Savings Bank for Conservation New Zealand.

Shelter from the storm

The wild and uncompromising nature of New Zealand has given rise to a unique diversity of shelters and huts scattered throughout our back country. This collection of images was put together by the Federated Mountain Club, supported by the Hillary Commission.

Shelter from the storm

New Zealand’s Forest Parks

Something for everyone! Contact your nearest Forest Services office for a wide range of experiences and recreational activities.

Community forests and woodlands

Produced in 1985 for International Year of the Forest.

Conservation Week 2009

This poster was designed by Saatchi & Saatchi – a snapshot of the future!

Conservation Week 2009

Get involved in conservation and who knows… a clever campaign that conjures a whole heap of ‘what if’ thoughts.

Conservation Week 2009 – 2

What’s your favourite?

So, what is your favourite poster? Vote in our poll (below). Any memories around these? If you have info to add about any of these posters, comment below and we’ll add it to the descriptions. If you have copies of your own posters that you’d like to share, leave a comment and I’ll get back to you.

The history of Conservation Week posters

In the early seventies, Conservation Week came under the umbrella of the Nature Conservation Council, with other agencies and organisations represented on a Conservation Week committee. Each year, with sponsorship, it produced a promotional poster and a themed teaching poster with teachers’ notes.

9 responses to Posters of the past

    thatsmytiki 04/09/2012 at 9:55 am

    if you want photos of more posters from 70s etc. buying some today so will happily photograph and post if anyone wants me to


    Awesome list and great find, thanks for sharing this.
    Really is a goldmine.


    The only one I remember is the 1976 one. A real classic


    There was a great series of posters drawn by students from a technical institutue, can’t remember when or where, but anyhow they were about different ecosystems… I thought they were great illustrations of flora and fauna and would love to see them reproduced.

      thatsmytiki 04/09/2012 at 9:54 am

      this might be the Living series from1976. I just found a 2nd hand shop selling all kinds of old conservation posters from 70s and 80s. Think maybe from estate of someone from Forest and Bird. Going back today to get more. Will photograph and email if anyone wants


    I remember getting ‘Save Us A Place To Live’ as a poster and also a bookmark, I think, at primary school. I had the poster on my bedroom wall for ages. Have now got it on my one year old daughters bedroom wall. More for me than her though I reckon, not too sure she quite gets it yet!


    Lovely old posters, but somebody needed to introduce Saatchi & Saatchi to the question mark…

    Philip Melgren 11/04/2012 at 6:24 pm

    Awesome trip down memory lane!
    Thanks very much.

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