WWF Release Colmar Brunton Research on Marine Conservation

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WWF commissioned Colmar Brunton to find out what New Zealanders today think about their oceans and marine protection.

The national opinion research, published in May 2011, asked New Zealanders a number of questions to assess the nation's views on their seas. The key findings include:

  • More than nine in ten New Zealanders want to see more of their oceans protected in marine reserves
  • On average New Zealanders estimate 31% of their oceans are currently protected in marine reserves
  • On average New Zealanders think 36% of their oceans should be protected in marine reserves

For more information on the WWF Colmar Brunton report please click here.

To watch the WWF interview that was broadcaster on TVNZ click here.

Enviroschools Northland newsletter

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Check out the new look of the Northland Enviroschools newsletter. To download issue 8 - Term 2 please click on the PDF download link below:

Enviroschools Newsletter Issue 8 - Term 2 2011.pdf

Job opportunity

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BNZ Save the Kiwi have been successful in securing funding from the Biodiversity Advice Fund for the role of Kiwi Regional Co-ordinator. The Department of Conservation and BNZ Save the Kiwi are also contributing resources to the role.

For the position description please click on the Word download link below:

Northland Kiwi Regional Coordinator Job Description.doc

For more information contact:

Wendy Sporle
National Mentor for Advocacy
BNZ Save the Kiwi
Tel: 09 408 4241
To email Wendy click here


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At the request of the New Zealand Conservation Authority, the Director-General of Conservation is investigating the establishment of a national park based on the Waipoua Forest in Northland. Land included in the investigation includes the Waipoua Forest (part of Northland Conservation Park), the Waipoua Sanctuary Area, the Gorrie, Katui, Marlborough Road and Trounson Kauri Park Scenic Reserves and the Maitahi Wetland Scientific Reserve.

Map of areas under investigation - Kauri National Park proposal
Map of areas under investigation - Kauri National Park proposal

A public discussion document (click here to download) has been released, marking the start of a two-month public consultation on the proposal.

In releasing the discussion document, Director-General of Conservation, Al Morrison, said “a national park at Waipoua has been talked about for more than a century, and I warmly invite anyone with an interest in this forest to participate in this public consultation.”

Public consultation is an integral part of the investigation process required by section 8 of the National Parks Act 1980. The purpose of an investigation is to help the New Zealand Conservation Authority to assess whether the proposed area possesses outstanding scenic, ecological and landscape qualities. It also looks at the pros and cons of the proposal, including the social, economic and other impacts of making the area a national park.

The discussion document introduces the areas under investigation, the criteria for assessment of their values, and the likely impacts on the communities surrounding them. Waipoua is largest remaining area of old-growth kauri forest, and has exceptional diversity of vegetation and species including numerous threatened species. It also includes ecological sequences from the coast to the heights of the Mataraua Plateau. Waipoua and the Trounson Kauri Park are well known for their groves of giant kauri including the iconic Tane Mahuta. The Maitahi Wetland is a rare example of gumland shrubland and swamp.

Waipoua Forest is the ancestral home of Te Roroa. Te Roroa Manawhenua Trust Board spokesperson Moengaroa Murray, noted that the previous investigation for a national park centred on the kauri forests of Northland foundered because the time was not right, with Treaty settlements incomplete. In 2008 Te Roroa settled its historical Treaty of Waitangi claims with the Crown which has provided a platform for the current investigation. Part of the discussion document outlines Te Roroa’s history, views and aspirations for the park. All of the land in this national park investigation is within the rohe (area) of Te Roroa.

Public feedback on the proposal will inform the report to the New Zealand Conservation Authority, which then recommends to the Minister of Conservation whether or not a national park should be established.

A series of workshops and hui (click here for more information) to inform people about the proposal and encourage feedback will be held around Northland over the next two months 2011. Submissions close on 18 July 2011.

It is fitting that the investigation is being carried out during the United Nations 2011 Year of the Forest, which recognises the importance of forests to the communities which live in and around them.

Further information and a copy of the discussion document are available at:

Website: http://www.doc.govt.nz/getting-involved/consultations/current/kauri-national-park-proposal

Email: Click here to email

Phone: Sioux Campbell on 027 4768414

Northland Conservancy Senior Community Relations Officer


Kauri National Park Investigation
Northland Conservancy
Department of Conservation
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Northland Students - Have your say!

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Northlanders aged 12 – 24 are invited to complete a Ministry of Youth Development (MYD) survey sharing their views about what’s up in the region.

Students are being asked to comment on things like what issues are important to them, how they want Northland leaders and decision makers to engage young people and what students think youth councils in Northland could look like.

There are several ways to do the survey:


Face-to-face sessions

  • Kaitaia | Tuesday 24 May | 4pm - 6 pm | REAP | 33 Puckey Avenue
  • Kaikohe | Wednesday 25 May | 4pm - 6 pm | Te Hau Ora O Kaikohe | Level 1/5 Marino Place
  • Whangarei | Thursday 26 May | 4pm - 6 pm | Forum North (Bounty room) | Rust Ave

If you have a Facebook group of young people please feel free to post the following link: http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/aotearoayouthvoices

For more information contact Magnum Tuipulotu Ministry of Youth Development Regional Youth Development Advisor:

Phone 09 9177756

Mobile 0296500161 or check out www.myd.govt.nz

Experiencing Marine Reserves celebrates 10 years!

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EMR (Experiencing Marine Reserves) is part of the Mountains to Sea Conservation Trust and empowers schools and communities by providing the equipment and expertise for a hands-on experience in the ocean.

EMR are based and most active in Northland, although their programmes are also active in other parts of the country. As with many charities, finding sustainable income is an ongoing mission.

As an EMR supporter, sponsor or associate, they are inviting you to purchase tickets to our EMR charity dinner. Proceeds from the ticket sales, auctions and raffles will directly benefit the Mountains to Sea Conservation Trust and delivery of the EMR programme.

Theme: 'Underwater Love' (fancy dress)

When: 6pm - 11pm

Where: Schnappa Rock RestaurantTutukaka

Tickets will cost $75.00 each. To order tickets for yourself, a group or your business and support this awesome cause (table bookings are possible, tickets are limited to only 75), contact Samara Nicholas on 09 433 8205, or click here to email her

FNDC: Nominations sought for "notable trees" in Far North

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Nominations sought for "notable trees" in Far North

Urban communities in the Far North are being invited to nominate trees worthy of protection which residents believe should be added to the District Plan Schedule of Notable Trees.

The Far North District Council move follows Resource Management Act changes which will impact on the vegetation clearance rules currently in the District Plan. The changes in the legislation, which take effect from 01 January next year, have implications for all councils across New Zealand.

From next year trees in urban areas will only have protection if they are located on reserves, are individually listed in a District Plan, or are protected by means of a caveat on land titles.

However the Act has defined a new set of standards for qualification as an urban area. Nominations are restricted to urban sites of less than 4000sq.metres which have reticulated water and sewerage service and which contain a building. Trees which do not meet the location qualification or where a nomination is made without the owner's consent will not be considered for protection.

In addition the trees must have ecological benefits, contribute to the landscape, have landmark value, visual amenity value, are a rare species, or have outstanding botanical values. The size and age of trees will also be considerations.

There will be a $120 nomination fee per tree to offset the cost of engaging qualified professionals to carry out assessments on each nominated tree.

Nominations for the Schedule of Notable Trees in urban areas will open on 24 May and close on 10 June 2011. Nomination forms are available at council service centres and public libraries.

Further inquiries to:-

Rick McCall
Communications Office
PH 0800 920 029 or 027 224 5423

Stream Bank Planting Workshop – 28 May – Waimate North

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A stream bank planting workshop has been organised by Waimate North Landcare Trust Inc. and NZ Landcare Trust:

10 am Saturday 28 May 2011 (RSVP by 24 May, see details below)
Showgrownds Hall
Waimate North

The workshop will cover :

  • How to replant your stream banks
  • What is going to work best for your stream
  • Field visit to 2011 award winning dairy farm
  • See the results of 4 years of streamside planting

RSVP by 24 May to secure a place


Ngaire Tyson from NZ Landcare Trust on 09 430 0954

Or to email Ngaire please click here

This project has been supported by the Biodiversity Fund