DOC - NZ Conservation Week 2016

Studies show children who are connected to nature will want to enjoy it and save it, now and in the future.

Spending time in nature also improves physical and mental health and wellbeing.

Get your kids into nature this Conservation Week and experience it for yourself.

Conservation Week is 10–18 September 2016.

Keep New Zealand Beautiful -  CLEAN UP WEEK!

Keep New Zealand Beautiful Clean-Up Week takes place from 12th to 18th September 2016.  It’s easy to get your branch, local community or school involved. 

Last year alone, nearly 80,000 volunteers helped us to Keep New Zealand Beautiful. Keep New Zealand Beautiful Week is not just about the clean-ups. These events build and strengthen community spirit and allow people to demonstrate their pride in where they live.

This year youth and rangatahi living in Wairoa intend on supporting the kaupapa with a Wairoa event.

Link for the event is  also,


Watch the 'Wairoa Planeteers' facebook page for more information.

Clean Up NZ

National Geocaching Challenge

Geocaching is an international phenomenon. It is an outdoor adventure where players use a free mobile app to find cleverly hidden containers ('caches'). It's been described as a real-world outdoor treasure hunt using GPS coordinates. Read the Geocaching 101 guide (external site).

Just before Conservation Week (10-18 September), DOC will refresh and add more caches for you to find as part of the National Geocaching Challenge. DOC places caches in some of New Zealand's most amazing and beautiful locations. Last year 24 DOC offices contributed to the competition, but we can't guarantee that there will be caches in every region.

This competition is part of Conservation Week 2016.

For more information check out the DOC website

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2016 Eco Challenge

Join Deli Connell and guest presenters Rose Jowsey and Carl Johnson from DHI Water New Zealand on Thursday 25 August at 4pm for a free 45-minute online professional development webinar session. Together, they will provide you with an overview of how to play the game and the most important technical tips for the Aqua Republica Eco Challenge.

The Eco Challenge is an extracurricular learning event for ages 11–17. Youth around the country will try their hand at balancing the needs of human populations with those of the environment and compete to be regional and national winners.

The game has a bird’s eye view of a water catchment, where the player acts as catchment manager and must apply system-wide approaches to integrated water resource management.

This is a must-watch webinar if you intend to participate in this year's inaugural Aqua Republica Eco Challenge.

Register at: external link

Link to the virtual Science Learning Hub Conference Room external link

16 August 2016

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