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Locally extinct in Christchurch, tūī, jewelled gecko and tree wētā are sneaking back into the city thanks to a new Department of Conservation (DOC) interactive app launched today.

Date:  13 May 2014

Locally extinct in Christchurch, tūī, jewelled gecko and tree wētā are sneaking back into the city thanks to a new Department of Conservation (DOC) interactive app launched today. 

Intriguing images linking to the Imagine app are popping up all over the city enabling the public to bring these creatures to life using their smartphones or tablets. 

Imagine posters popping up around Christchurch city.
Intriguing images linking to the Imagine app are popping up all over Christchurch city

Designed by innovative artists and 'techies' Flightless and Ali Teo, the app imagines what could be if nature and conservation was part of our identity as urban Kiwis, says DOC’s partnerships ranger Phillipa Gardner. 

Launched alongside art installation ‘Wood from the Trees’, the app is the first in a series of ‘Bridge to Nature’ projects DOC is collaborating on to bring wildlife and conservation into the city. 

John O'Reilly using his smartphone to bring a poster to life.
The new interactive app brings locally extinct creatures to life on your smartphone or tablet

“Christchurch has a unique opportunity to reinvent itself as a green city and we can all be a part of it. It starts right here. Share, wonder and think – what could I do? What might be possible if we all worked together,” says Phillipa. 

“Keep an eye out for a poster or postcard near you.” 


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Phillipa Gardner: +64 3 371 3741 or pkgardner@doc.govt.nz

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