Join in con­ser­va­tion week events

Napier Courier - - NEWS -

Peo­ple can an­swer the call to Con­ser­va­tion Week by get­ting in­volved in some of the six lo­cal ac­tiv­i­ties planned for Hawke’s Bay next week.

With the theme Con­ser­va­tion Week is Call­ing, the Depart­ment of Con­ser­va­tion (DoC) is en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to join in lo­cal con­ser­va­tion-re­lated ac­tiv­i­ties be­ing held to cel­e­brate this an­nual event. These in­clude free events such as the Toy­ota Kiwi Guardian Ac­tion and Ad­ven­ture at White Pine Bush Scenic Re­serve on Sun­day, Septem­ber 16. Kids will get to be­come a pest de­tec­tive by mak­ing a track­ing tun­nel to take home, join a quiz and then go on an epic ad­ven­ture into the re­serve to find a hid­den code word, fol­lowed by a sausage siz­zle.

There will also be a guided walk on Sun­day, Septem­ber 23 at the O¯ ta¯ tara Pa¯ His­toric Re­serve in Taradale, led by mem­bers of the lo­cal hapu¯ , Nga¯ ti Pa¯ rau. Vis­i­tors will be taken on a tour of the two pa¯ sites — O¯ ta¯ tara Pa¯ and Hiku­rangi Pa¯ , talk­ing about the history of the pa¯ sites, fol­lowed by some fun Ma¯ ori games led by Sport Hawke’s Bay.

DoC Ahuriri/Napier com­mu­nity su­per­vi­sor Moana Smith-Dun­lop en­cour­ages ev­ery­one to get in­volved to learn how they can help turn around the loss of New Zealand’s unique bio­di­ver­sity. She says it is not just the well-known bio­di­ver­sity such as the ka¯ ka¯ po¯ and kea that are un­der threat but also New Zealand’s in­dige­nous plants, lizards, fungi, snails, in­sects and fish.

“With more than 4000 of our native species threat­ened or at risk, our wildlife is in cri­sis,” she says.

“Lo­cal ex­am­ples of our threat­ened species in the same risk cat­e­gory as ka¯ ka¯ po¯ are the Aus­tralasian bittern/matuku and the ka¯ ka¯ beak.

“We need to act now or we could lose won­der­ful, unique native species and when we lose them we lose a part of what makes New Zealand spe­cial. The big­gest threat to our plants and wildlife is from in­tro­duced preda­tors like rats, stoats and pos­sums. Get­ting rid of preda­tors is an im­por­tant first step.”

Moana says the pub­lic can help DoC achieve its Preda­tor Free 2050 goals by set­ting traps on their prop­er­ties or join­ing a lo­cal preda­tor trap­ping group.

“To­gether we can help New Zealand to achieve its Preda­tor Free 2050 goal,” she says.

Otatara Pa His­toric Re­serve.

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