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When can-do conservation goes wrong

Read this article and that is why non-toxic solutions the way to go!

When can-do conservation goes wrong

Badly-set traps allegedly injuring kiwi raises questions about the oversight of conservation volunteers. David Williams reports.

In 2014, a year a!er a brutal restructure, the Department of Conservation announced a new strategic direction to get all New Zealanders involved in managing nature.
Director-general Lou Sanson, himself just a year into the job, said, in the department’s (DOC) four-year statement of intent, that it would “work with iwi and community groups to protect, restore and manage our natural places and native species”. Then Conservation Minister Nick Smith added: “Conservation is everyone’s business and reflects who we are as a nation.”
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But the seeds of a can-do conservation nation still need the nutrients of DOC guidance to grow properly. That’s particularly true of a new generation of non-toxic traps that have to be used a certain way to avoid catching precious native birds.
Fast-forward four years and DOC is having to reiterate trap-setting guidance to community groups a!er problems at a South Island wildlife sanctuary. It’s an example of how things can go wrong when DOC doesn’t directly manage threatened wildlife – including our national bird.

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Regional Environment Network Hui Presentations

On behalf of NZ Landcare Trust and Envirohub, we would like to say thank you for coming to the Hui on Saturday 23rd June in Te Puke. Being surrounded by like-minded amazing and committed people created an inspiring environment at the hui!

We have collated the feedback and are very pleased with the positive ratings for the workshops, keynote speakers and the food!

It’s fair to say the majority of you expressed enjoyment about the day and the networking opportunities it presented alongside learning some new things.
If you have any great ideas of potential keynote speakers or workshops you'd be interested in having at next year's hui, please email your ideas and suggestions to


As promised, we have pulled together the presentations.

Please click on the button below to access the presentation files on dropbox.

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