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Whakau or Red Mercury Island sits tantalisingly close to the mainland – yet much of what is found there is distinctly different to what is found on the nearby Coromandel peninsula. To date over 500 separate species of plants, invertebrates, reptiles and birds have been recorded here, a small number of which are unique to the Mercury Islands group.

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Science Advisor Kath Walker has been studying Powelliphanta snails for nearly four decades and has recently submitted her PhD on this ancient lineage of snail – an awesome achievement to someone so dedicated to these quirky creatures, which are special to some of our most rugged and wild landscapes.

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November 20 marks the 70th anniversary of the rediscovery of the takehē – we take a look back at seven decades of progress, preservation and recovery.

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Beaches are great places to roam with dogs, but uncontrolled dogs can disturb or harm our wildlife. To avoid this, here are some simple steps dog owners can take to lead the way as ambassadors for our wildlife.

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Need inspiration for a meaningful gift idea this Christmas? Link it to your conservation values and gift a native tree. Keep the shovel and garden gloves in the shed – Trees That Count have made it as easy as a few clicks on their website.

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Meet one of our Senior Biodiversity Rangers Ali! She’s worked with some of New Zealand’s most unique species including whio, kiwi and short tailed bats. We asked on Instagram if you had any questions for Ali about her work and we were overwhelmed with the amount of questions we received!

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1080 is proven to work safely, effectively and efficiently in reducing predators, and we need to use it to save our native wildlife and forests. There is plenty of scientific evidence proving 1080 is very effective at saving our species. Don’t get swayed – here’s the truth.

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