Conservation Work Skills Leader – Christchurch

Full-time 12 month fixed term contract Conservation Work Skills (CWS) is an initiative developed by Conservation Volunteers New Zealand (CVNZ) that supports local conservation projects to meet their environmental objectives. The CWS programme provides opportunities for ten local job seekers to gain paid employment for three months. During this period, participants will develop practical skills in […]

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NZ Earth Overshoot Day


Tomorrow – Tuesday 5 May is Earth Overshoot Day for New Zealand! What on Earth does that mean? It means that if everyone on our planet, all 7.8 billion of us, consumed and used resources (Ecological Footprint) at the same rate that we do in New Zealand; then on 5 May this year we would […]

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Earth Day Blog Cover

Today – Wednesday 22 April is Earth Day. It’s the 50th anniversary of the annual Earth Days starting way back in 1970! That beginning sparked the passage in the “U.S. of the Clean Air, Clean Water and Endangered Species Acts, and the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency”. When I think about the 1970s – […]

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English Ivy

  English Ivy (Hedera Helix) has been used to cover walls and fences for centuries. In Europe there are natural checks and balances for ivy, but here in New Zealand our native species have no defence. It is a climbing vine that grips tightly to surfaces, eventually forming hard woody trunks as thick as your […]

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Edible Weeds Part 1: Dandelion

Dandelion - edible weeds

While we’re at home, it’s fun to slow down and explore what’s around us. Some of the plants we think of as weeds are edible and can be a great addition to our diets! At this time of year, one of the most common wild plants we see around are dandelions (Taraxacum officinale). These have […]

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