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Locals have a great opportunity to contribute to local conservation initiatives and help protect Waipa’s natural environment, says local MP Barbara Kuriger.

“Conservation week starts on Saturday and enables children, parents, schools and communities to get involved with local conservation efforts,” says Barbara Kuriger.

“There are over 100 activities taking place throughout the country as part of the week. These events build on the Department of Conservation’s (DOC) Healthy Nature, Healthy People theme, as spending time in nature has been shown to improve mental and physical wellbeing.

“It’s an especially great opportunity for young New Zealanders. Research shows children who connect with nature are more likely to want to save it in the future, so I urge parents around the region to take their young ones to local events and give them a chance to contribute to the local environment.

“I’m thrilled to see there are some great events in Waipa. Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari is providing a week of fun, family-friendly activities as part of Conservation Week, including daily demonstrations on how to make and use tracking tunnels. They are also offering the opportunity to meet and talk with representatives of the Trust and staff of Maungatautari who will be sharing their knowledge of New Zealand conservation.

“Everyone has a role to play in protecting nature and promoting conservation, and the National-led Government believes supporting community conservation efforts is a great way to strengthen New Zealanders’ bond with nature.

“We launched the $26 million DOC Community Fund, and forged commercial partners worth $80 million for conservation groups over the last five years.

“Conservation week is also a great opportunity for locals to contribute to Government initiatives such as Predator Free 2050, Battle for Our Birds 2016, the War on Weeds and other vital programmes,” says Barbara Kuriger.

To find out more about conservation week, visit www.doc.govt.nz/conservationweek.

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