Date: 07 September 2012
‘Love your parks’ is the theme for Conservation Week (9th to 16th September) which kicked off on Sunday 9th September. This means everyone has the opportunity to get out and explore what’s in their backyard by heading along to events run by DOC and partnering organisations right across the Eastern Bay of Plenty region says DOC Community Relations Ranger, Jacqueline Hayes-Kingi.
“Now that Spring has arrived it is an ideal time to celebrate Conservation Week and show how much you love your parks by doing something you’ve always wanted to do” says Ms Hayes-Kingi.
Events in Opotiki include a range of activities from a Ohiwa Clean-up with KG Kayaks on Sunday 9th September through to Walk n talks with Rangers at Tauranga Bridge on 11th and Manganuku on 12th. The weekend of 15/16 September includes a Kiwi Conservation Club walk through ancient forest, a planting day with DOC and Coast Care, Ohope Beach Clean up and “A walk in the Park” at Onekawa Te Mawhai, Ohiwa on 16th September.
There are also some exciting events planned in Whakatane coinciding with the Whakatane Kiwi Trust Kiwi Month. Each week there is a chance to hear kiwi at night during a guided walk in Ohope Scenic Reserve or get a team together and enter the Wandering Kiwi Ohope Rogaine on Saturday 8th where you will have a chance to win a flight in a helicopter. Step on board one of PeeJay’s boats and head out to Moutohora on the 29th and then stay in town for the first kiwi chick release of the season at Ohope Beach School on the 30th. Check out www.whakatanekiwi.org.nz for more information.
The theme ‘Love your parks’ was chosen this year because 2012 is the 60th anniversary of the National Parks Act, and 125 years since Te Heuheu Tukino IV gifted the peaks of Tongariro, Ruapehu, and Ngauruhoe (the first national park) to the people of New Zealand.
Looking after our special places, plants and animals is the responsibility of all New Zealanders—together we can make New Zealand the greatest living space on Earth. Conservation Week is about getting involved in events that contribute to this vision, and showing New Zealand that you love it.
- Conservation Week is about raising awareness of conservation’s benefits, and encouraging involvement in conservation activities. It aims to give New Zealanders easy and accessible ways to contribute to and participate in conservation.
- Conservationweek.org.nz also hosts a variety of games, activities and educational tools for conservationists of all ages. Here, visitors can check out what’s happening in their area, register an event, download games and resources, and learn more about national parks and conservation spaces across the country.