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Show New Zealand that you love it by celebrating Conservation Week, from 9-16 September 2012!

This year’s Conservation Week theme is ‘Love your parks’. There is a huge range of things to do and see in our conservation lands and marine reserves, so get out and explore what’s in your backyard!

Conservation Week poster 2012

Conservation Week events

There are over 100 events happening all around the country so there’s something for everyone.

You might want to check out the release of young kaka at Boundary Stream in the Hawke’s Bay or take a stroll at dusk with bat detectors around the Rotopiko Lakes in the Waikato. You can a take guided tour around the Hukutaia Domain in Opotiki or even get tips for weeding on Stewart Island/Rakiura. If you want to up-skill you can get a lesson in pest trapping in Warkworth, or even teach your dog new tricks by learning how to keep them under control around native wildlife at a training session in Twizel.

Information about all these events, and many more around the country, can be found on the Conservation Week website.

Sirocco kakapo.

Keep an eye on Sirocco’s Facebook and Twitter for
a special Conservation Week contest

Conservation Week competition

As well as checking out all the events happening in Conservation Week make sure you keep an eye on Sirocco’s Facebook and Twitter on Sunday for the launch of an exciting competition with a great prize.

Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park

Celebrating significant events

This year we’re also celebrating the 125th anniversary of the gifting of Tongariro, Ruapehu, and Ngauruhoe mountain peaks to the people of New Zealand and the 60th anniversary of the National Parks Act. It is also DOC’s 25th anniversary.

A student from Pahiatua School at a native tree planting in the Wairarapa

More conservation – together

Conservation Week is run by the Department of Conservation each year with many other groups, businesses, councils and agencies also running events.

Have fun!

Hopefully you get the chance to learn and try new things next week and have a really fun and active Conservation Week… and don’t forget to leave a comment here on the blog telling us all about what you got up to!