Looking after our region’s treasures
Looking after yourself, your family and your local treasures is what Conservation Week 2016 (September 10-18) is all about.
The theme - Healthy Nature Healthy People - encourages people to think about how they could look after themselves and their local natural environment.
Studies show that spending time in the outdoors brings benefits to people’s health and wellbeing. Just 30 minutes of exposure to nature a week can reduce the risk of depression and heart disease.
’’Disconnecting from the hustle and bustle of everyday life is easier than many people think,’’ says DOC’s Conservation Week spokesperson Dawn Muir.
‘‘Unwinding with the family in our natural spaces is the perfect prescription for a healthier, happier life.’’
Whether it is exploring a reserve, joining a local event or entering a Conservation Week competition, there are plenty of opportunities to join the Healthy Nature Healthy People team.
A number of community groups and organisations are offering a great selection of events to celebrate Conservation Week across Horowhenua, Manawatu and Rangitikei. Planned activities include community planting days, PNCC’s ‘predator free’ day at Tutukiwi Reserve, and field trips to some special places like Otaki Forks. The Oroua Whio Protectors field trip on Sunday September 18 is a familyfriendly event that will showcase the work being done by the local community to protect the endangered Whio or blue duck). Janet Wilson, chair of the Ruahine Whio Protection Trust, will lead an easy tramp along the most accessible predator-trapping line in the Ruahine Forest Park. The trip will include a snack stop at Alice Nash Memorial Heritage Lodge before heading down to the Oroua River. Text Janet on 0273418945 to register your interest in attending.
If you can’t make it to any of the planned events, there are lots of other ideas on the DOC website. Check out http://www.doc.govt.nz/news/events/conservation-week/ to find out more about how you can help the team.
A community planting day was held in Levin to mark a previous Conservation Week.