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Tell your conservation volunteer story

Aaron Heimann is a student at the University of Otago studying Science Communication. He is conducting a survey of conservation volunteers in New Zealand.

If you want to participate, please fill out this anonymous survey. It will take about 10-15 minutes and you can enter the draw for 2 x $100 VISA Prezzy cards.


He is hoping that, with your input, this research will highlight the valuable work volunteers do for NZ’s environment and that it will lead to ways of getting more people involved in hands-on conservation.

Help plant at the Kāpiti Coast

Greater Wellington Regional Council has organised a planting day on Sunday July 29, 2018 - 10:00-2:00pm

Join them at Queen Elizabeth Park, (Mackays Crossing entrance - Whareroa Beach), on the Kāpiti coast to plant as many trees as you can.

This is a fun family event for all ages with live music and FREE sausages. Bring some warm clothes, sturdy footwear and a spade (if you have one) and they’ll bring the plants.

For more information go here.

Young and old restoring Wairarapa's Riversdale dunes

1700 pingao and spinifex were planted on Saturday by a large group of volunteers ranging in age from 2 to 80.

The planting was organised by the Riversdale Dune Committee to improve the resilience of the dunes and help protect the coastal settlement from the sea.

Saturday’s planting was just south of the surf club and the planters replaced introduced marram grass, which makes steep, unstable dunes that are prone to “blowing out”, with two native dune plants: spinifex and pingao.

Read the full story.

Dune ship for sale

A dune ship is for sale on Trade-Me! The 9m long boat-like caravan cannot go on the highway so you need to live in the Manawatu/Rangitikei or be prepared for truck shipping if you are interested. One of a kind! Check listing here. Bidding is frantic and closes in 10 hours.

Motor bikers tear up eroding dunes at Kāwhia

Kāwhia school kids and volunteers spent many hours putting in native plants this year, but thousands of hours of their work are being undone by careless motor bike riders who ignore signs and rip up their newly planted dunes. In addition, the local mārae is being threatened by the sand due to this inconsiderate behaviour. Read the full story.