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What would locals like others know about Wild New Zealand (Aotearoa)? Presenting relevant links in a somewhat random fashion:
New Zealand’s 180-million-year-old forest – BBC
Wildlife rules for private land queried by owners and businesses
The 10 unofficial natural wonders of New Zealand
Environment NZ’s weak point for UN goals – @sciblogsnz
The beginning of the end?
Editorial: DOC cuts threaten not just flora and fauna but tourism and lives as well
Department of Conservation revamp badly flawed
Wikipedia Edit-a-thon for New Zealand Species, 29 May 2016
Poor marks for NZ on environment – OECD
http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/287833/vote-fixing-hits-bird-of-the-year – @Forest_and_Bird @rnz_news @radionz
Government expands national parks
What was New Zealand’s first fully protected native bird?
http://upcountry.co.nz/an_excelletn_substitute – @upcountrynz
Kiwis don’t have Aussie roots
Marine reserves south of NZ approved by MPs
Cycle operator seeks money from trail users
The clearest lake in the world
No swimming: 52% impure NZ rivers – NZ Herald
NZ’S 10 most endangered species
Protected marine areas and inland waters
National Policy Statement for Indigenous Biodiversity
Draft National Policy Statement for Indigenous Biodiversity
He kura koiora i hokia: a discussion document on a proposed National Policy Statement for Indigenous Biodiversity
Wildlife rules for private land queried by owners and businesses
The Pohutukawa, (Metrosideros excelsa), is known as the New Zealand Christmas tree, as it flares into crimson display from late October until end November and into the Christmas holiday season.
The Kauri Dieback Programme is a partnership with Biosecurity New Zealand part of MPI, Department of Conservation, Auckland Council, Waikato Regional Council, Northland Regional Council, Bay of Plenty Regional Council, Te Roroa (tangata whenua for Waipoua Forest), and Tangata Whenua Roopu (representative body for iwi/hapu with an interest in kauri lands).
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Waipoua Forest Trust is a bicultural partnership between conservationists and Te Iwi O Te Roroa whose vision is to protect, restore, interpret and promote the internationally significant natural heritage at Waipoua.
Waipoua Forest in Northland is New Zealand’s largest sub-tropical rainforest; a unique environment with giant trees up to 3,000 years old at the centre of its ecology; an environment rich in biodiversity in which endangered species flourish. If you volunteer to help us on a working holiday, you will be contributing to a history of conservation going back to 1952.
Footprints Waipoua Crossings Hokianga: “Have you ever noticed how don’t have lower branches on their trunk area? What the lower trunk does have though are a lot of divits. shed their lower branches in a process known as Abscission (from the Latin ab meaning away and scindere meaning to cut) so vines can’t cling to or climb the trunk and they convert that energy they would have used to grow a limb into overall tree height, and punch for the Crown Canopy. Interesting to note, when abscise their lower branches, the branch takes the knot with it, hence the divits. Their majestic trunks made them ideal for masts on ships, which was a big contributor as to why they were plundered to near extinction.”
Parks and Protected Areas
New Zealand has 14 national parks. The first national park was created in 1887 (Tongariro National Park). The largest park is Fiordland National Park.
Taking a long walk?
Hikurangi Marine Reserve, the largest marine reserve adjoining the mainland, was recently opened near Kaikoura.
October Conservation Week
New Zealand’s Department of Conservation holds its annual Conservation Week with all types of ways to get involved. Teachers are asked to document outdoor activities with kids in the Flickr Group Conservation: Love New Zealand. Other New Zealand conservation events
Conservation Week gives you the opportunity to celebrate the natural environment and make a connection with your local special places. There are heaps of special places in New Zealand that you can visit all year round with your family and friends.
New Zealand Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan
The New Zealand Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan expresses New Zealand’s commitment to stem the loss of biodiversity worldwide.
The 2016-2020 Action Plan showcases some of the significant national actions being undertaken through the combined efforts of central and local government, whānau, hapū, iwi, resource managers, communities, private landowners and businesses.
Toitū te marae a Tāne-Mahuta, Toitū te marae a Tangaroa, Toitū te tangata.
If the land is well and the sea is well, the people will thrive.
Catherine Knight, author of New Zealand’s Rivers: An environmental history, will provide important context to this debate by exploring some of our complex – and often conflicted – history with rivers since humans first settled in Aotearoa New Zealand. She will argue that knowing our history is an important foundation to forging a better future, both in terms of our environment and our socioeconomic wellbeing.
Our Waters in Common
Our Waters in Common is a movie exploring the state of our Tasman environment.
The film examines the amazing things that rivers provide us, the issues they face, and how communities and agencies are working together to improve them.
Riding on the back of a big water quality reporting effort, the movie was a year in the making and was helped by a huge volunteer effort.
The beauty and diversity of the district’s rivers shines through and the stories of so many good people working to improve our rivers’ health are warmly and poignantly portrayed.
With such a wonderful community in Tasman looking after our rivers, it is hard not to be encouraged. While you are bound to learn lots, the film presents the information in a very engaging and easily-understood way.
Journeys in National Parks – Peter Hayden travels through some of New Zealand’s most varied, awe-inspiring and spiritual environments. Though there is superbly filmed flora and fauna, geology and other standard natural history documentary staples, it is the history of people’s relationship with these sublime landscapes and a genial New Zealand passion for the environment, that makes a lasting impression.
Journeys in National Parks: Westland / Aoraki
Journeys in National Parks: Tongariro te Maunga
Journeys in National Parks: Te Urewera
Journeys in National Parks: Hauraki Gulf
Journeys in National Parks: Fiordland
A new future for marine protected areas – Environment Minister Nick Smith is championing new legislation for marine protected areas, and Raewyn Peart from the Environmental Defence Society has some thoughts on its strengths and weaknesses.
Critter Of The Week – Nicola Toki – Our Critter Of The Week, isn’t a critter at all. It’s the Parapara tree, also known as the bird-catching tree. It catches insects, birds, and even more birds who come in to catch the little birds caught in it. It’s like Roald Dahl’s The Twits!
Northland’s Forest Collapse – Forest and Bird’s Northland advocate Dean Baigent-Mercer this week released drone-footage shot above Northland’s Whangaroa, Russell and Otangaroa forests and tells RNZ’s Jeremy Rose the forests are on the point of collapse. Then Northland Regional Council Bio-Security manager Don McKenzie, Northland Conservation Board chair Mita Harris, Reconnecting Northland’s David Mules, and DoC Conservation Partnerships Manager for the Far North Carolyn Smith respond.
How Project Janszoon is restoring Abel Tasman National Park – Devon Mclean believes philanthropy in conservation a is the way of the future. He’s the director of Project Janszoon which is working to protect and preserve Abel Tasman National Park, thanks to 25 million dollars of funding from philanthropists Neil and Annette Plowman
Restoring the Dawn Chorus at Windy Hill Sanctuary – From small beginnings in 1999, a consortium of private land-owners in southern Great Barrier Island is making a big ecological impact on their land.
Island lifeboats for New Zealand’s birds and reptiles – When humans first set foot in New Zealand almost a thousand years ago, they encountered a rich fauna of reptiles and flightless birds. These first human visitors, and visitors and settlers since brought with them rats, cats, mice, rabbits and stoats which feasted on the local fauna, or degraded the environment, driving many original species to extinction. But luckily, a few small offshore islands remain undisturbed. Now scientists are using these islands as ecological lifeboats, as a source supplying birds and reptiles back to the mainland. Matthew Crawford reports for The Science Show.
Protecting the environmental and cultural heritage on the North Island
Wetlands in around Hamilton are under threat with more than 3000 dairy farms having a significant impact on water quality according to the latest State of the Environment report.
A Life Worth Having – In November 2014, a forum called A Place to Live : for the life worth having in Whanganui focussed on the link between economic and environmental health in New Zealand, in particular in the regions and smaller centres.
Sunday, 13 May 2012: A Hard Nut to Crack
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Spectrum for 13 May 2012 (duration:26′10″)
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The distinctive vomit-like smell of ripe fruit from a Ginkgo tree is enough to put most people off harvesting it. But each Autumn, members of the Asian community can be seen shaking the leaves of trees, particularly around Tauranga, to encourage the Ginkgo bilba fruit to fall to the ground. The fruit is highly prized for its medicinal purposes and the nuts inside are considered an important food delicacy in Japan, Taiwan and other parts of South-East Asia.
Nga Uruoara – As tribute to the noted New Zealand botanist and eco-historian Geoff Park who died in 2009, Radio New Zealand National is featuring his 6-part radio series Paralleling his 1995 book Nga Uruora – The Groves of Life Ecology and History in a New Zealand Landscape.
Te Ahi Ka (Sep 25 2011)
Ethnobotany is the science that looks at the relationships between people and plants and if there is a single body of work that encapsulates that within New Zealand, it is the groundbreaking Waitangi Tribunal Claim Wai 262 also known as the Flora and Fauna Claim. Saana Murray (1926 – 2011) will always be associated with the claim that took 20 years to complete. In Te Ahi Kaa, three years before her and five others were to create a historical precedent we have an archival recording of her speaking at the Ethnobotany N<ga mahi Māori o Te Wao nui a Tane hui held at Rehua Marae, Christchurch
Kahurangi National Park
Kahurangi National Park may increase in size
Te Urewera National Park
Te Urewera National Park is the largest single block of native forest in New Zealand’s north island. Established in 1954 the park covers 212,600 hectares and contains more than 650 different native plant species. This is the fourth largest national park in New Zealand, and the largest in the North Island, covering 212,673 hectares.
largest rainforest on the North Island
Te Urewera National Park lies between the Bay of Plenty and Hawke’s Bay in the North Island. The nearest towns are Whakatane, Murupara and Wairoa.
Tongariro National Park
Established in 1887, Tongariro was the first national park in New Zealand and the fourth in the world. It is also a dual World Heritage area, a status which recognizes the park’s important Maori cultural and spiritual associations as well as its outstanding volcanic features.
Fiordland National Park
Before human influence, New Zealand’s only land mammals were two species of bats. Small populations of both these species remain in Puketi and require protection.
New Zealand has 28 native and 13 (deliberately and accidentally) introduced species of bees
New Zealand Birds Online
http://www.osnz.org.nz – https://twitter.com/OSNZBirdsNZ –
Kiwi are flightless birds endemic to New Zealand, in the genus Apteryx and family Apterygidae.
Penguins: Yellow Eyed Penguins (Hoiho) are native New Zealand penguins that can be found on the coast of Dunedin in Otago Peninsula.
The extinct Moa derives its name from the Polynesian word for chicken
Extinct. Places in NZ dinosaurs have roamed: Port Waikato, Hawkes Bay, the Chatham Islands (Rekohu)…. and Auckland Museum! http://bit.ly/eZyIa9
Paua or pāua is the Māori name given to three species of large edible sea snails, marine gastropod molluscs which belong to the family Haliotidae (there is only genus Haliotis), known in the USA as abalone.
kōura – crayfish (see Kaikoura)
There are 173 known species of native earthworms in New Zealand
Georgina Burne Healey documented native New Zealand flowers in her 1888 publication http://s.si.edu/2lBSyPs #IWD2017 Digitized @NYBG
The native flowers of New Zealand. Illustrated in colours in the best
Elsewhere on the Web
http://www.eco.org.nz – @ECONewZealand
Protected Areas in New Zealand – Protected Planet
http://www.geonet.org.nz – @geonet
http://www.forestandbird.org.nz – Forest & Bird – @Forest_and_Bird
https://www.niwa.co.nz – https://twitter.com/niwa_nz – https://www.facebook.com/nzniwa
http://www.mountainsafety.org.nz – https://twitter.com/NZ_MSC
http://www.wildernesslodge.co.nz – https://www.facebook.com/wildernesslodgesofnewzealand
- Fauna of New Zealand Series – online access to contributions describing New Zealand’s unique land fauna.
- Flora of New Zealand Series – online access to the Flora series describing New Zealand’s unique flora.
Environmental Defence Society New Zealand – @environmentnz
Department of Conservation
Ministry for the Environment
Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society of New Zealand
Natural History New Zealand
Natural Step New Zealand
New Zealand Conservation Jobs
Conservation Week – Doc
Conservation Week – TVNZ
Exploring parks – Department of Conservation (PDF)
Gentle Footprints: Boots ‘n’ all – Ministry for the Environment (PDF)
Forest and Bird
New Zealand Conservation Authority – NZCA
The role of the New Zealand Conservation Authority Te Pou Atawhai Taiao O Aotearoa is to advise the Minister of Conservation and the Director-General of Conservation.
It is closely involved in conservation planning and policy development affecting the management of public conservation areas administered by the Department of Conservation as it approves the statutory strategies and plans which set objectives for their management.
The New Zealand Conservation Authority is:
- not a board of directors with governance responsibilities
- serviced by the Department of Conservation.
- a member of the the New Zealand Committee of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
- Media releases