Meet the locals in NZ Conservation Week
20 Aug 2008
Anyone visiting New Zealand in September will get a unique chance to 'meet the locals', Tutakitia te Iwi Kainga, as part of the country's annual Conservation Week.
This year's event, which runs from September 7 to 14, is offering people the chance to get up close and personal with New Zealand's native flora and fauna - some of the most unusual and rare in the world.
Natural treasures on the back door step
The Department of Conservation (DOC) and Television New Zealand are promoting a series of activities throughout the country to encourage locals and international visitors to find out more about what each region offers.
People who’ve never strolled through their local forest to find the hidden waterfall, searched for species at their local marine reserve or admired the view along their local walking track, are being encouraged to get active and experience the natural and historical treasures on their backdoor step.
Organised events throughout the country include guided bush-walks in the Auckland region, a talk with one of New Zealand's best nature photographers in Southland, and on Stewart Island visitors will be given the rare opportunity to meet Sirocco the kakapo - one of only 91 left in New Zealand. Kakapo is now the rarest species of parrot in the world.
Conservation week is also a national opportunity to highlight the conservation issues in New Zealand, as well as a chance to celebrate the work being carried out by conservation organisations, community groups and individuals.
Celebrated since 1969, the week long events have covered a wide range of themes and topics from insects to Antarctica.
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