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.
This Conservation Week we’re showing you how you can help turn this around but we need your help. You may have seen our campaign artwork featuring a tieke/saddleback surrounded by species from flora, fauna, freshwater and marine habitats. Threatened species lie within each group of images, many of which are taonga species. When we lose a species, we lose part of ourselves.
Thousands of New Zealanders are already involved in conservation activities and when we pull together we can make a big difference. The biggest threat to our plants and wildlife is from introduced predators like rats, stoats and possums. Getting rid of predators is an important first step and small efforts can make a big difference. You can help by setting traps on your property or joining your local predator free network. Other actions like cleaning up our waterways, protecting marine habitats, getting rid of weeds and replanting with natives all help protect our biodiversity.
During Conservation Week, there will be hundreds of local conservation events across the country. Whether you are in the city or the country there’s something you can do to help. It’s easy to start with these three simple steps:
1. Attend a Conservation Week event. There’s events all over New Zealand. Find one in your area here.
2. Take part in a Conservation activity. Whether it’s setting a trap in your backyard or ripping out pest weeds from your garden, every action helps.
3. Short on time? Donate to a conservation cause that needs your help, or find out more about our precious species.
Be part of the solution this year and join us at conservationweek.org.nz
Hats off to all the many DOC staff who are out there walking the talk. Sadly too many people do not understand how impossible it is to trap large areas. We took over 30,000
predators out of approx 300 hectares, and couldn’t get enough trappers to expand.
Trapping will only ever do the fringes. Saddened and disgusted about the threats your people are receiving.