Your views on the next New Zealand Biodiversity Strategy

A new DOC biodiversity strategy is needed to address current issues and incorporate new approaches to managing biodiversity. The old one is nearly twenty years old, and expires in 2020. A lot has changed since then. It’s now recognised that strategies need to be ecosystem based, and integrated on a landscape scale. Within that concept, everybody’s contribution, whether it be riparian planting, wetland creation, predator control, to waste minimisation and climate change response will be important.  20181012_154346Whatever you are engaged in, contribute your knowledge and views here. Have your say!

Collecting seed to save a species — Conservation blog

Myrtle rust is a fungal disease affecting New Zealand’s native Myrtaceae family. More than 60 million Myrtaceae seeds have been collected for long term storage to future proof these plants from the diesease. Technical Threats Advisor Jacqui Bond has been working on the collection of seed from populations of 37 threatened species around the country.

via Collecting seed to save a species — Conservation blog

‘Upscaling restoration of native biodiversity: A New Zealand perspective’ New research from David A. Norton, Jason Butt and David O. Bergin.


‘Efforts are being made to upscale restoration of New Zealand’s native ecosystems. Success depends, however, on consideration of several key issues that need to be built into restoration planning, implementation and monitoring. This study makes eight recommendations to improve the prospect of obtaining the hoped-for biodiversity conservation outcomes.’

This article really covers the ground that HELP Waihi Inc. covers, literally.

Key words: community involvement, eco-sourcing, landscape scale, nursery production, restoration. That’s HELP!

Community involvement. That might be you, or someone you know. If you have a bit of time and energy to put into making the planet a better place, come along! Bring a friend. There is always more that can be done, and the more the merrier. Learn new things, and work with a friendly and dedicated group of people, with a wide range of tasks to suit all skill levels. Tuesday mornings, at the Farm Unit up the back of the college. Cheers.