Have your say on Auckland’s freshwater

Auckland Council is calling on Aucklanders to give their feedback on the region’s freshwater, to help inform upcoming changes to the Auckland Unitary Plan. This applies to all freshwater bodies including: rivers streams lakes wetlands aquifers springs Consultation is open from Monday 13 June to Sunday 17 July. Get more...

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Canon Oceania 2022 Grants now open

The Canon Oceania 2022 Grants Program is now open for submissions. The 2022 grants will be awarded under the following categories: 1 x Community Grant – NZ $5,000 Open to a range of organisations keeping their community at the heart of what they do, ranging from not-for-profits and grassroots groups,...

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Backyard Battle – against litter

Litter in Aotearoa is a huge problem, but there’s very little data available on where our litter hotspots are, or what type of litter is the most problematic. Backyard Battle is a Keep New Zealand Beautiful citizen science programme which aims to help identify the origins of litter and to...

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Cameras on commercial fishing vessels

The government has just announced it will roll out cameras on commercial fishing vessels, with 300 boats fitted with cameras by the end of 2024. Studies show that cameras increase compliance and stop illegal dumping and underreporting. Commercial fishing is one of the greatest threats to the ocean, and every...

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Pest Free Auckland

Pest Free Auckland focuses on the suppression of pest animals, pest plants (environmental weeds), pathogens and marine pests to create a secure environment for wildlife to thrive. Clear your backyard of pest plants, particularly moth plant, yellow/kahili ginger and climbing asparagus. Identify and find tips on the best way to...

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End single-use, return to reuse

Greenpeace has a petition calling on the government to ban single-use disposable food and drink serviceware containing plastic and mandate co-designed, accessible, reusable alternatives instead. This is things like single-use disposable takeaway coffee cups and lids, food containers, cutlery, and single-serve sauce and condiment sachets and pottles. Extracting natural resources...

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Global plastic crisis

Plastic is everywhere, and almost everything we buy these days comes in plastic. We expect our plastic waste to be recycled, but in New Zealand, plastic waste is often exported to developing countries where it is likely to be illegally burned or just dumped, harming the health of local communities....

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Six of the best walks for bird-spotting

In Auckland’s regional parks, you can spot some of Aotearoa’s rarest and most beautiful birds. 1. Tāwharanui Ecology Path Follow the Ecology Path to find rare takahē and tieke/saddlebacks, as well as kaka and pāteke/brown teal. 2. Rotoroa Island North and South Paths Spot takahē, weka, tieke/saddlebacks and pāteke/brown teal....

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