Conservation Week Queenstown 14 - 22 Sep 2019
Conservation Week is a nationwide celebration of Kiwis pitching in to help our native plants and animals and this year it celebrates its 50th anniversary.
Nature Needs Us
New Zealand’s wildlife is still in crisis with more than 4,000 of our native animals and plants threatened or at risk. Conservation Week is a chance to bring everyone together to do something, big or small to create change.
Every year Conservation Week sees thousands of New Zealanders getting involved through doing conservation activities at home or attending one of many events hosted across the country. Creating change can be big or small, when we pull together, we can make a big difference.
Nature Needs Us!
History of Conservation Week
Conservation Week was originally launched in 1969 by the New Zealand Scout Association, with the goal to promote greater interest in the environment and encourage people to take practical actions to look after it.
The Nature Conservation Council then had a turn at running the campaign, while other organisations like the Post Office Savings Bank, Caltex Oil NZ, and The Todd Foundation came to the party with educational resources.
Over the years famous artists like Friedensreich Hundertwasser and Don Binney have contributed their art for previous campaigns.
When the Department of Conservation was formed in 1987 it took over the Conservation Week duties, and has since worked with other groups, businesses, councils and agencies to make it all happen.
- Saturday September 14 9am - noon Project Gold Planting Day at Lake Hayes West.
- Monday September 16 6-7pm - Tourism Role in Conservation talk and panel discussion at Ziptrek Shop.
- Tuesday September 17 5:30-7pm - Predator Free Partners in Wakatipu at Kiwi Birdlife Park.
- Tuesday September 17 from 7pm - Conservation Week Film Evening: Featuring Fools and Dreamers with Wakatipu Reforestation Trust at Sherwood.
- Friday September 20 10-11:30am - Behind the scenes at Ziptrek location: Ziptrek Tree House (top of Bob's Peak).
- Saturday September 21 6:30-8:30pm - Conservation Celebration at Sherwood.
Or find your own Conservation week activities and fun here: https://www.doc.govt.nz/news/events/conservation-week/do-an-activity/