Conservation Week kicked off with a "Spring Fair" at the Tairawhiti Environment Centre, Roebuck Road, Gisborne. Everyone is encouraged to explore their backyard enjoying local parks, reserves or a wide range of events.

Date:  07 September 2012

‘Love your parks’ is the theme for Conservation Week (9th to 16th September) which kicked off on Saturday 8th September with a “Spring Fair” at theTairawhiti Environment Centre in Roebuck Road, Gisborne. 

This year's theme encourages everyone to get out and explore what’s in your “backyard”, enjoying our local parks and reserves or heading along to a wide range of community events.

“We are lucky enough to be surrounded by some pretty awesome environments – the sea, the rivers, the bush, the dunes, each has an important role in providing for our good living. But are we really as clean and green as the rest of the world see us? Maybe it’s a good time to find out!” says Department of Conservation (DOC) Community Relations Ranger, Trudi Ngawhare.

Events in the Tairawhiti range from education talks and field trips; including NZ Dotterel and seabird guided walks at Te Tapuwae o Rongokako Marine Reserve Sunday 9th 10am-2pm,  sustainability workshops, guided walks at Gray's Bush and Waikanae Stream Community Clean-up.  Gentle reminder kids, that entries to the Mountain Safety Council colouring in competition closes at 3pm on Friday, 14 September.

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.

Background information:

  • 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.
  • 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.

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Trudi Ngawhare, Ranger Community Relations
Phone: +64 6 8690460

See also:

Conservation Week website

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