View an alphabetical list of all Meet the Locals video clips.
Watch this video to find out about the great work that the New Zealand Centre for Conservation Medicine does at Auckland Zoo.
The kākā is one of New Zealand’s three native parrots. Despite being hammered by predators such as cats, rats and stoats, these inquisitive birds are making a comeback on predator-free offshore islands.
Watch this video to see the bird rehabilitation work that the Auckland SPCA Birdwing Volunteers undertake.
Bird Rescue is a community group located in Auckland City. Check out how they rehabilitate native birds when they run into trouble in the city.
This video is about black petrels – a seabird that breeds on the top of Mount Hobson on Great Barrier Island. Learn how these relatively small birds fly as far away as Peru to find food.
The chevron skink is New Zealand’s longest lizard, reaching over 30cm in length, yet its survival and very existence has remained a mystery for much of the last century.
Weeds in New Zealand are sometimes underrated as a pest. On Te Hauturu-o-Toi/Little Barrier Island weeding can mean some extreme antics, including abseiling off a cliff to get inaccessible weeds.
The fairy tern is New Zealand’s most endangered birds, with only around thirty birds in existence. Auckland Zoo keeps their precious eggs safe from bad weather, predators and disturbance.
With only around 40 left, the NZ fairy tern is one of NZ's most endangered birds. Find out how DOC and local schoolchildren are trying to protect them.
Watch a video about the Auckland Zoo’s native frog research centre, where a team of experts are trying to solve the mystery of our disappearing ancient frogs.
Just north of Auckland you'll find New Zealand's first marine reserve, Goat Island. Watch this video to learn about the wonderful wildlife found in this marine sanctuary.
Watch a video on how to eat in style when you're out in the wild. Tramping doesn’t have to mean eating porridge and two minute noodles.
Te Hauturu-o-Toi or Little Barrier Island, near Auckland, has been described as the ‘jewel in the crown’ of New Zealand’s protected islands. Watch this video to see why it’s so special.
Hihi are one of NZ's rarest birds, and became extinct on the mainland over a hundred years ago. Luckily, the island of Te Hauturu-o-Toi/Little Barrier remained free from most predators, and has been a lifeboat for their survival.
This video shows how the removal of rats from Te Hauturu-o-Toi/Little Barrier Island has cleared the way for tuatara as well as many other native species to thrive in the kind of place New Zealand once was.
Watch a video about the stitchbird or hihi, one of New Zealand's rarest birds, and the sole representative of a bird family found only in New Zealand.
Kaiaraara Dam is an excellent example of the kauri industry that thrived here almost a hundred years ago. Find out how locals built this enormous dam, without the benefit of modern technology.
Watch a video about a nature walk with some keen kids in the bush on Great Barrier Island, with the ultimate reward for any sore feet – a soak in the Kaitoke Hot Springs!
Watch a video about the charismatic kākā, one of New Zealand's three ancient parrots.
Kauri snail/pupurangi can be found in the Waitakere Ranges, West of Auckland. Find out more about our giant native snails in this video.
Monkeys, zebra and wallabies were just a few of the animals brought to Kawau Island by Governor Grey. Watch the video and learn how much of his collection still remains.
Watch a video showing how the BNZ Operation Nest Egg programme is helping New Zealand’s iconic bird, the kiwi, survive from incubator to hatchery to the wild.
Watch a video on how visitors to Mansion House on Kawau Island, in the Hauraki Gulf, get a chance to step back in time and see what life was like in the nineteenth century.
This video takes us behind the scenes at the Leigh Marine Lab next to Goat Island Marine Reserve just north of Auckland.
Every summer, at the tiny settlement of Miranda in the Firth of Thames, thousands of birds from all around the globe fly in to feast at the mudflats and rest after their incredible journeys.
Check out the work that the Motutapu Restoration Trust does in Auckland's Waitemata Harbour. This clip shows how the locals 'dig in' for conservation.
Learn about historical North Head in this video from the Meet the Locals series.
This video shows you how residents of Oakley Park, Auckland, are pioneering wildlife security.
Kids at Okiwi Primary school on Great Barrier Island are involved in protecting their natural heritage. Watch this video on how these kids look after their environment.
Tiritiri Matangi, Ulva Island, and Kapiti Island are all open sanctuaries that you can visit. Watch this video to see what you can find and see at these sanctuaries.
Great Barrier Island is home to one of the few populations of brown teal or pāteke in the country. This video is about a ranger and her dog who protect pāteke.
The iconic silhouette of Rangitoto Island in Auckland’s Waitemata harbour is this country’s youngest volcano, at only 600 years old. This makes it the perfect place to learn about how life populates an area.
Rangitoto Island was once a holiday home to many Aucklanders. Watch this video for some interesting facts about Rangitoto's history.
New Zealand is home to thousands of species of spiders. Join Nic as she gets the facts on our native arachnids.
Learn the kind of wildlife you might find in your own garden, and how to turn it into a haven for birds, lizards and weta.
Travel to Tiritiri Matangi in this video from the Meet the Locals series. It's island sanctuary open to the public where you can hear and see some of New Zealand’s rarest birds, including takahē and saddleback/tīeke.
This video takes us to Tiritiri Matangi where we meet the volunteers behind one of the most successful conservation projects in the entire world.
Watch a video about New Zealand’s tuatara and find out how the tuatara ‘headstart’ programme works.
Nic finds out about the threats facing turtles visiting New Zealand. Kelly Tarltons in Auckland manage the recovery of these 'lost' marine creatures.
See the tusked wētā up close and personal! These carnivorous invertebrates are native to Middle Island, Coromandel, Auckland.
Being a wildlife photographer is a creative way that you can enjoy New Zealand’s picturesque landscapes, and fascinating wildlife. Watch this video for some tips on wildlife photography.
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