Since 2019, CVNZ have been piloting an exciting conservation programme focused on migrant participation in the Puketāpapa Local Board area. It has generously been funded by the Puketāpapa Local Board and is the first of its kind!
We have reached out to migrant agencies, English language education providers and other important local groups working to assist migrant integration into New Zealand society. After a successful start to the programme, we are delighted to be continuing on a larger scale in 2021-2022, encompassing Albert-Eden and Whau Local Board areas. The ultimate goal is to help inform and establish a fully-fledged ‘Migrant Integration Through Conservation’ programme in these three Local Board areas.
Better Connected and Protected
The programme aims to connect new migrants to established Aucklanders (who otherwise might not have had the chance to meet) and allow them to gain experience through volunteering in conservation activities.
It also aims to help participants feel included and welcomed into their communities, enhance mental well-being, as well as aid in the protection and restoration of the natural environment in the Puketāpapa, Albert-Eden and Whau Local Board regions.
Conservation in Action
Using volunteer conservation projects as a framework, we provide migrants and locals the chance to meet, get together in a fun, relaxed environment and undertake activities that benefit their shared community.
Participants learn about the importance of conservation in an urban context, develop basic plant and weed identification skills and management techniques along the way. At the same time, everyone involved helps local conservation groups and improves the health of local bush, stream, and park areas.
Examples of activities that our lovely volunteers have taken part in include: planting days, removing invasive weeds, litter clean ups, nursery work and more!
Our work so far
Over the last year, with the help of nearly 200 participants from China, Italy, Germany, India, England etc. we have:
As well as these awesome environmental outcomes, our participants in the programme have let us know that these activities are what they had been looking for. They also felt that connecting to New Zealand’s natural environment through these conservation activities has improved their life here in New Zealand.
Together we are building connections between new migrants and local New Zealanders, which has helped many migrants adjust to their new lives here. It has also created a sense of ownership towards their local parks, natural environments, and their wider community in the Puketāpapa local area.
If you are interested in finding out more or would like to get involved, please email [email protected] or call us on 0800 56 76 86.
You can also check out our events page to see what activities we have coming up.