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Locals have a great opportunity to contribute to local conservation initiatives and help protect Te Atatū’s environment, says National List MP Alfred Ngaro.

“Conservation week starts tomorrow and enables children, parents, schools and communities to get involved with local conservation efforts,” says Mr Ngaro.

“There are over 100 activities taking place throughout the country as part of the week. These events build on the Department of Conservation’s (DOC) Healthy Nature, Healthy People theme, as spending time in nature has been shown to improve mental and physical wellbeing.

“It’s an especially great opportunity for young New Zealanders. Research shows children who connect with nature are more likely to want to save it in the future, so I urge parents around the region to take their young ones to local events and give them a chance to contribute to the local environment.

“I’m thrilled to see there are some great events in Te Atatū. I’m looking forward to attending the Harbourview Weeding Bee tomorrow on the Peninsula. This is one of many events organised by the Forest and Bird Motu Manawa Restoration Group throughout the year I’ve been involved with.”

Peninsula Brownies will be running a rubbish collection clean up along the Harbourview Walkway at 10am next Sunday, starting from Harbourview Peoples Park.

“Everyone has a role to play in protecting nature and promoting conservation, and the National-led Government believes supporting community conservation efforts is a great way to strengthen New Zealanders’ bond with nature,” says Mr Ngaro.

“We launched the $26 million DOC Community Fund, and forged commercial partners worth $80 million for conservation groups over the last five years.

“Conservation week is also a great opportunity for locals to contribute to Government initiatives such as Predator Free 2050, Battle for Our Birds 2016, the War on Weeds and other vital programmes.”

To find out more about conservation week, visit www.doc.govt.nz/conservationweek.

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