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The Department has made the decision to postpone its public Conservation Week events planned for Christchurch.

Date:  07 September 2010

The Department of Conservation (DOC) has made the decision to postpone their public Conservation Week (12-19 September) events planned for Christchurch. This is due to a greater need for resources elsewhere after Saturday’s earthquake and the subsequent aftershocks.

DOC’s Riccarton Bush family event, ‘Meet the forest families’  originally planned for Sunday 12 September, and the night walks, ‘Walk with kiwi’, planned for 10 and 18 September, will not be taking place as planned.

DOC’s Education Officer Phillipa Gardner has mixed feelings about the decision. “After a great deal of thought about how best to support people within the Christchurch area, it has been decided that this would not be the right time for these events.”

As well as the Department, organisations involved in the family day at Riccarton Bush included Ngāi Tahu, Riccarton Bush Trust, Willowbank Wildlife Reserve, Orana Park and Ferrymead Heritage park.

“With so many partners involved and so many affected by this huge quake, it will be a month or so before we are fully able to do justice to the raft of free, fun-filled activities organised for the day,” said Phillipa.

It is hoped that these events will be rescheduled for late October.

It is not known if the Associates’ Function, planned for Friday 17 September, will be going ahead at this stage.

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