Our Connecting People with Parks programme is an initiative between CVNZ and the Auckland Council. The programme seeks to welcome biodiversity back to central Auckland and provides an opportunity for people to connect with others, whilst caring for our urban parks. This programme has been operating for the past ten years, and over that time our volunteers have helped us plant well over 30,000 plants and have cleared over 70,000 m2 of weeds! In addition to this, volunteers have helped us tackle a variety of tasks including track maintenance, predator control and seed collection.
Parks we frequently visit as part of this programme include, Oakley Creek, Apirana Reserve, Eric Armishaw Reserve and Selwyn Bush. Each park has its own unique fauna and flora and the conservation challenges for each area vary, providing volunteers with an opportunity to learn something new. Every second Tuesday from 8am to 3pm, Conservation Volunteers travel to a different park within Auckland where they undertake a variety of activities. Depending on the time of year, activities may include planting, seed propagation, weed control, and litter clean-ups. Every week volunteers are led by an experienced team leader, who aims to teach volunteers about all aspects of conservation, including plant identification and planting techniques.
In partnership with the Auckland Council, we also operate a predator control programme which aims to welcome native wildlife back to our urban parks by eradicating introduced predators such as mice, rats, and possums. Introduced predators pose a significant threat to the survival of our native fauna and flora by predating on native birds, reptiles, and invertebrates and browsing on native trees. Once trained, volunteers are assigned to one of the many parks in Auckland where we operate a predator control network. Here, volunteers are responsible for baiting and resetting traps and recording their catches. If you are interested in joining our Predator Control Programme, please click here for further information.
We would love for you to join us and help make a positive change to your local parks!
For further information, or to get involved please call 0800 56 76 86 or email [email protected] or head over to our bookings portal to see what events are coming up: https://volunteerportal.conservationvolunteers.co.nz/s/make-booking