Conservation week a great opportunity to get involved

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Friday, September 9, 2016

Locals have a great opportunity to contribute to local conservation initiatives and help protect the Bay’s natural environment, says Bay of Plenty MP Todd Muller.

“Conservation week starts tomorrow and enables children, parents, schools and communities to get involved with local conservation efforts,” says Mr Muller.

“There are over 100 activities taking place throughout the country as part of the week. These events build on the Department of Conservation’s (DOC) Healthy Nature, Healthy People theme, as spending time in nature has been shown to improve mental and physical wellbeing.

“It’s an especially great opportunity for young New Zealanders. Research shows children who connect with nature are more likely to want to save it in the future, so I urge parents around the region to take their young ones to local events and give them a chance to contribute to the local environment.

“I’m thrilled to see there are some great events in the Bay. Dune planting on our two busiest beaches,  dog training, nature walks, working bees and colouring competitions are a few of the fantastic things that are on offer for free in our region this week. The details for these events and more can be found at www.doc.govt.nz/news/events/conservation-week/events/.

“Everyone has a role to play in protecting nature and promoting conservation, and the National-led Government believes supporting community conservation efforts is a great way to strengthen New Zealanders’ bond with nature.

“We launched the $26 million DOC Community Fund, and forged commercial partners worth $80 million for conservation groups over the last five years.

“Conservation week is also a great opportunity for locals to contribute to Government initiatives such as Predator Free 2050, Battle for Our Birds 2016, the War on Weeds and other vital programmes,” says Mr Muller.

To find out more about conservation week, visit www.doc.govt.nz/conservationweek.

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Media contact: Shannon Stewart (04) 817 9431