Join me on the Wildside

Elizabeth Marenzi —  12/08/2013

Today, I’m inviting you somewhere special. Not many people know about this place yet – you’re one of the first. The place is called Wildside and it’s a new social media community run by the Department of Conservation (DOC) on Facebook and Twitter.

Wildside Facebook screenshot.

With the tagline Aotearoa New Zealand. Live it. Love it. Look after it. Together. Wildside promises inspiring stories, images, videos and conversations about:

Living on the wildside – tramping, camping, biking, hunting…

Loving the wildside – our places, plants, animals, people…

Looking after the wildside – protecting, restoring… doing our bit.

And, importantly, Wildside is about doing it together.

We didn’t want another place on the web about ‘DOC the government department’. Wildside is for, and about, everyone.

Wildside Twitter screenshot.

Here at DOC we’re working towards making New Zealand the greatest living space on Earth – but this vision isn’t just ours, and we can’t do it alone. We want you to join the journey – and Wildside will be a great place to start. Will you join us?

Elizabeth Marenzi


Elizabeth is part of the communications team at DOC. She enjoys reconnecting the urban desk jockeys of the world with nature—believing it to be the best anecdote for “tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people.”

2 responses to Join me on the Wildside


    Sounds like a very attractive program .if someone is not on Facebook will this program be accessible by blog or by other electronic processes? Thanks joy

      Elizabeth Marenzi 13/08/2013 at 8:48 am

      Hi Joy,
      Thanks, we are excited to be part of this initiative and we hope other New Zealanders will be too. The things we post to Wildside will mostly be based on content from other websites. We aim to pull together the best stories, images, ideas and inspiration… from around the web. The Conservation Blog along with the DOC website, instagram and pinterest accounts will be key sources for us. Although we’re very keen to share what others, besides DOC, are doing too. What you may not get elsewhere, are the conversations these stories spark, and the postings from other members of the Wildside community. This is where we see the real value of Wildside – not as simply another place for us to broadcast our messages from, but as a place to have conversations and build relationships. Having said all of that (sorry, I’m writing a novel!) we are looking into getting some ‘widgets’ that can pull through some of the content from Wildside directly onto the DOC website, so you can see what’s going on even if you’re not there.