Conservation Week in 2017 runs from 14–22 October
Conservation Week 2017 encourages you to “love your backyard” through getting involved in activities and events either in your own backyard or in our big New Zealand backyard. There are heaps of places that need some love to help bring back our native birds, and protect our wildlife and flora and fauna.
Activities like trapping pests, planting natives, weeding and clean-ups in your own backyard and with local community groups all help.
Conservation Week events are organised across the country. These provide opportunities to join in, get active and show your love for our nature. They also showcase the special species, features, and people involved with particular places; the historical and cultural information about the area; and the steps you can take to contribute towards conservation at the site or back in in your own backyard.
Other groups, businesses, councils and agencies are encouraged to join in with their own events and activities as part of Conservation Week.
Download resources such as posters, and help us spread the word.
History of Conservation Week
The New Zealand Scout Association originally kicked off Conservation Week for New Zealand in 1969. The Nature Conservation Council then had a turn at running the campaign, while other organisations like the Post Office Savings Bank, Caltex Oil NZ, and The Todd Foundation came to the party with educational resources.
Famous artists like Friedensreich Hundertwasser and Don Binney have contributed their art for previous campaigns—you can check out some posters of the past on the Conservation blog.
When the Department of Conservation was formed in 1987 it took over the Conservation Week duties, and has since worked with other groups, businesses, councils and agencies to make it all happen.
From left to right, the cover of a 1983 resource, stickers from 1986, and a 1992 campaign brochure