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Decades of volunteer effort restores native lizard population

Decades of volunteer effort restores native lizard population
High on the rugged hillsides of the Paekākāriki Escarpment track on the Kāpiti Coast of New Zealand, Paul Callister and his team of committed volunteers from Ngā Uruora community conservation group, have been spraying weeds, trapping pests and planting native plants for nearly 20 years. It’s not easy or paid work so we were lucky that Paul had time to tell us his story - about what keeps him going and what attracted him to the project in the first place. 

Why a predator-free New Zealand is possible when we’re united.

Why a predator-free New Zealand is possible when we’re united.

In the naughts of last century, Wellingtonians woke to the sound of whales scraping the barnacles off their backs and thrashing in the shallow waters of Oriental Bay. 

In the naughts of this century, it was a different story - mostly without whales and with only a few native birds creating a ruckus. Almost every part of New Zealand has seen plummeting populations of native birds and Wellington was no exception.