Conservation Week is run by DOC each year to raise awareness of the benefits of conservation and encourage people to get into nature.


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.


Conservation Week events are organised across the country. These 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 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.


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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.

Conservation booklet from 1983. Conservation Week stickers from 1986. Conservation Week 1992 poster.
From left to right, the cover of a 1983 resource, stickers from 1986, and a 1992 campaign brochure

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