Environmental Conservation in New Zealand

This project focuses on preserving and restoring New Zealand’s unique, natural beauty. Volunteers will take part in varied activities which may include environmental monitoring; Heritage Restoration; tree planting; endangered species protection and disaster relief to name some. This project will be enjoyed by all who have a love for the outdoors, who are environmentally concerned and up for a challenge.

The North Island is one of 2 locations in New Zealand that volunteers can choose to work at, the second location being the South Island. Although the start location is Auckland, volunteers can choose to transfer direct to more rural locations around Hamilton, where the natural environment can be truly appreciated. The need for us to become responsible global citizens is getting bigger and bigger.

All over the world the impact of environmental issues such as climate change and pollution are being felt. Although New Zealand is a developed country, its varied landscapes, from subtropical forest to volcanic plateaus; vast plains to glaciers and sandy beaches to rugged mountains, can prove difficult to manage with climatic instability and human impacts. The country’s fragile environment is unfortunately suffering from species and habitat loss and environmental degradation. One factor affecting this is the amount of deforestation which has taken place and the effect this is having on climate change.

Being located on top of the ring of fire of the Pacific, New Zealand is also prone to experience natural disasters. From earthquakes, such as the one in Christchurch in June 2011, to volcanic eruptions, tsunamis and cyclones, the aftermath of such events can be devastating for people and the environment. People in New Zealand highly value their natural environment and although there are professionals in the field, volunteers play a huge role in responding to environmental challenges by bringing enthusiasm and energy to the toughest of projects and disaster relief efforts.