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Nature Needs Us

Nature Needs Us

Posted September 13, 2019
Music / Entertainment / Events , Environmental

The theme for the Department of Conservation’s 50th Conservation Week is Nature needs us. It highlights how much more we can do to secure native plants, wildlife and the places they live.

More than 4,000 of our native plants and animals are threatened, or at risk of extinction, with introduced predators, rats, stoats and possums, being the biggest threat.

We can help save species unique to New Zealand - iconic species like kea and kiwi and those less well-known – fungi, snails, insects, lizards and fish.

“Preliminary results from DOC’s latest survey of New Zealanders released today show many people care deeply about nature and suggests that around one and a half million adult New Zealanders were involved in conservation activities in the last year,” Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage said.

The survey shows individuals aged between 18 and 34 years were most likely to have participated in conservation activities.

Three quarters of those surveyed (76%) believe conservation is important and 40% were actively involved. The most common activities that people took part in were pest control, native tree planting and restoration, and educating others about the importance of conservation.

Conservation Week runs from 14-22nd September.