A partnership between our staff and Marlborough District Council (MDC) saw a traditional teachers’ workshop evolve into something a little bit special this year. Community Ranger Wendy Sullivan explains how Marlborough students taught their teachers a thing or two about conservation.

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Powell Hut is being rebuilt to improve the structure and provide a better experience for visitors to Tararua Forest Park. Today on the blog we pay tribute to this Wairarapa icon.

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Myrtle rust is a fungal disease affecting New Zealand’s native Myrtaceae family. More than 60 million Myrtaceae seeds have been collected for long term storage to future proof these plants from the diesease. Technical Threats Advisor Jacqui Bond has been working on the collection of seed from populations of 37 threatened species around the country.

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Thousands of New Zealand’s took up the challenge this Conservation Week and got involved in protecting our native flora, fauna, marine and freshwater spaces! From tree plantings to beach cleanups here is a small snapshot of what went on around the country last week.

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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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