Take part in 50 years of Conservation Week



Monday 16 September 2019

Saturday 14th to 22nd September 2019 marks 50 years of Conservation Week - Te Wiki Tiaki Ao Tūroa. With more than 4,000 species threatened or at risk in Aotearoa, nature needs us to take action now.

Events around New Zealand are a great opportunity to get out into nature and connect with our native wildlife, bush, streams, and marine life. DOC’s website also has great ideas for restoring biodiversity to your backyard, including tips for backyard trapping and ways to make your garden lizard friendly.

For more information on Conservation Week, visit: www.doc.govt.nz/conservationweek

Check out below a few of the events happening around the Rotorua district this week…

Rotorua Lakeside Clean Up 2019
When: 1:00pm – 3:00pm, Wednesday 18 September
Where: Sudima Lake Rotorua, 1000 Eruera Street, Rotorua

Join the team from Sudima Lake Rotorua for a clean up of the lakefront and the surrounding area around Sulphur Point and Sanatorium Reserve. After the clean up there will be afternoon tea and a DOC ranger will talk about the wildlife in the area, in particular the critically endangered black-billed gull that calls Sulphur Bay its home during the breeding season.

What to bring: gumboots, long sleeves and pants, jacket, hat/beanie, a water bottle and some snacks.
What is provided: Gloves and rubbish bags, and afternoon tea

Conservation Week at Rotorua Library – Te Aka Mauri

The Rotorua Library has a number of events planned for Conservation Week in 2019. There will be demonstrations around being more sustainable, a public talk, documentary film screenings, and thanks to the Department of Conservation, there will be some interesting displays on the ground floor and second floor during the week.  They will also been screening The Judges Top 40 photographs in the Conservation Week Photography Competition on their big screen during the week. 

Vege Bag Demonstration
12:30pm – 2:00pm, Wednesday 18 September
Rotorua Library – Te Aka Mauri

Drop in and chat to Monica while she sews some vege bags that you can use for your shopping. Gold coin donation to purchase one.

Compost Bokashi Worms
12:30pm – 1:30pm, Friday 20 September
Rotorua Library – Te Aka Mauri

Learn how to make the most of your household waste by converting it into a great compost for your garden. Make your own bokashi bin for $5.

Conservation in Our Community Talk
5:30pm – 6:30pm, Thursday 19 September
Rotorua Library – Te Aka Mauri

Come along to the Library to hear from a range of speakers as they talk about the conservation issues that are relevant to Rotorua. William Anaru and Lucas Macdonald will present an overview of the incursion response launched as a result of catfish being discovered in Lakes Rotoiti and Rotorua in 2017 and how the Te Arawa Catfish Killas and Bay of Plenty Regional Council have tackled the pests. Harina Rupapera will speak about the relationship that we have with whales as living beings and her own personal experience within the transmission of ancient knowledge within the context of whale resource recovery.

A goin coin koha would be appreciate to help cover costs of the talk.

​Conservation film screenings

The Library will also be showing four amazing short films during Conservation Week about extraordinary people during extraordinary things.

​Degrowth in the Suburbs (15min)
11:00am, Tuesday 17 September
Rotorua Library – Te Aka Mauri

This short film tells the story of one small family practising urban sufficiency.  They live on 1/10th of an acre in the suburbs of Melbourne, Australia.

Fools & Dreamers (30min) 
11:00am, Wednesday 18 September 
Rotorua Library – Te Aka Mauri

Fools & Dreamers tells the story of Hinewai Nature Reserve, on Canterbury’s Banks Peninsula, and its kaitiaki/manager of 32 years, renowned botanist Hugh Wilson. We learn about the commitment of Hugh and the Maurice White Native Forest Trust to regenerate marginal, hilly farmland into native forest, using a minimal interference method that allows nature to do the work.

Living the Change (1hr 25min)
1:00pm, Thursday 19 September
Rotorua Library – Te Aka Mauri

Living the Change explores solutions to the global crises we face today – solutions any one of us can be part of – through the inspiring stories of people pioneering change in their own lives and in their communities in order to live in a sustainable and regenerative way.

A Simpler Way (1hr 18min)
2:00pm, Friday 20 September
Rotorua Library – Te Aka Mauri

Follow a community in Australia who came together to explore and demonstrate a simpler way to live in response to global crises. Throughout the year the group build tiny houses, plant veggie gardens, practice simple living, and discover the challenges of living in community.

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