Conservation Week is a New Zealand, Department of Conservation run initiative that takes place each year to encourage people to get involved in nature and help to take care of it.
Each year DOC works with community groups across Aotearoa to spread the conservation message. It’s a nationwide celebration of kiwis pitching in to help our native plants and animals. All over the country "kiwi" are encouraged to get involved by, going to a local Conservation Week event, doing an activity off your own back or donating to existing conservation programmes.
Conservation Week 2018 will take place September 15th- September 23rd. Pūkaha, National Wildlife Centre is involved in a range of local and national conservation week events. “Conservation is at the core of what we do at Pūkaha, National Wildlife Centre, getting behind Conservation Week with a range of ways people can participate is important to us.” States Pūkaha, General Manager-Emily Court.
"We think most New Zealanders are generally pretty good with conservation, as an idea, they don't litter and try to recycle but what we're keen to do is get people in the community more involved, Pūkaha is involved in a whole range of community projects from helping our local schools in putting rat control around their grounds to big scale projects like The Palliser to Pūkaha-Green corridor initiative." "We are inviting people young and old to come and discover the many amazing natural treasures we have in New Zealand, and to join us in celebrating them and finding out why we need to protect what's precious." Say's Pūkaha General Manager, Emily court.
A few activities that you can take part in at Pūkaha during conservation week are:
The annual Pūkaha Lego challenge on Saturday September 22nd.
The theme is “NATURE” and your Lego creation can be anything that you think fits the theme. Lego creations will be displayed in the Pūkaha visitor centre from 10am-4pm on Saturday, September 22nd. With winners announced at Pūkaha at 3:30pm.
All entries include a FREE self guided admission valid until October 31st, 2018
You can also become a Pūkaha -Toyota kiwi guardian. On your Conservation Week 2018 visit to Pūkaha grab a kiwi guardian map, use the clues to find out all about Pūkaha and to find our kiwi guardian post. Put the code on the post into the link on the Department of Conservation website www.doc.govt.nz then Toyota and the Department of Conservation will post you out your kiwi guardian badge. There are Kiwi Guardian activities all around New Zealand, you can see how many badges you can collect.
During conservation week, Pūkaha has also partnered with New Zealand conservation motivators- Squawk Squad.
Squawk Squad is a social enterprise that aims to connect and engage a country in the protection and growth of our native bird life. Squawk Squad connects people with sanctuaries via a web-app that gives them the ability to collectively fund sensor-connected traps in aid of sanctuary projects. The funders can see where their trap is deployed in the sanctuary and are notified in real-time when their trap activates. This indicates the positive impact that their investment is having on native birdlife.
They use modern, self-resettable traps from the company "Goodnature" that trigger 24 times without any servicing needed. Together with a live view of all traps and when they activate, sanctuaries like Pukaha, are saved a considerable amount of labour time.
For Conservation Week 2018, Squawk Squad has launched it's biggest and best social enterprise campaign yet. Aimed at schools, Squawk Squad with help from other conservation partners, like Pūkaha have created an education pack, full of resources that teachers can use in their class during conservation week. The first 500 classes signed up to Squawk squad’s conservation week programme will also receive free virtual reality headsets that take them on a visual journey through a New Zealand forest full of New Zealand’s unique wildlife. The packs engage the classes to complete conservation actions, learn about New Zealand's unique flora, fauna and marine life and help fund traps at sanctuary projects all over New Zealand. Pukaha's project to be funded is the "keep kokako safe at Pūkaha project". A project aimed at protecting and growing the wild North Island kokako population at Pūkaha.