Get involved with conservation groups who are working with the Department of Conservation (DOC) to protect New Zealand's natural and cultural heritage. You can also volunteer for a DOC project.
Historic Donovan’s Store in Okarito, South Westland, is undergoing a long-awaited restoration with the help of the Okarito Community Association.
Established in 2006 by a group of locals who had a vision to create an educational walkway around the Karamea Estuary.
The area known as North Beach had huge potential to become a recreational space that the community could all enjoy. In 2011 DOC asked the community what they wanted, from there the Kawatiri Beach Reserve became a reality.
La Fontaine Stream Enhancement Project, in Hari Hari, was set up in 2002. It aims to showcase the benefits of stream restoration for conservation values and farming alike.
The Paparoa Wildlife Trust is a community group established to protect blue duck in Moonlight Creek and great spotted kiwi in the Paparoas.
Learn about the work of the 'SOS' helping sooty shearwaters whose numbers have drastically declined on the New Zealand mainland.
In 2004 the Department was alerted to the issue of blue penguin deaths by roaming dogs. Evidence showed that their numbers were in decline.
Naturespace - ecological restoration groups in your area