Focus On Conservation

Unless we practice conservation, those who come after us will have to pay the price of misery, degradation, and failure for the progress and prosperity of our day. Gifford Pinchot, early 20th century American forester

Environmental action is thriving in Kapiti

By Roger Childs

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAConservation Week starts November 1 and the Kapiti area can be proud of  its achievements. There are more than 20 groups  which regularly work away on environmental improvement from North Otaki Beach to Pukerua Bay. Every year, ten of thousands of flaxes, shrubs and trees are planted by volunteers, council staff and company employees.

KCDC is actively involved in the process and one of the newly developed areas in Paraparaumu – the Te Roto Wetland Walkway – was a council initiative. (See alongside.)

A key figure promoting conservation and environmental improvement on the KCDC staff, is Biodiversity Advisor, Rob Cross, and he will feature in an interview next week.

The far reaching conservation activity on the Kapiti Coast is well known throughout the Greater Wellington Region. Recognition of this activism can be seen in Kapiti providing two of the four Environment finalists in the Wellingtonian of the Year Awards. (See )

Acknowledging environmental action

otaihanga-domainNext week we will publish the first  in a series of articles and interviews with a conservation theme.

These will feature:

~ interviews with key conservation figures like Rob Cross and Ann Evans

~ features on different groups which operate on the Kapiti Coast

~ articles on general environmental topics.

If anyone wishes to contribute feel free to contact us. Also, if you want your group featuring in a article,  get in touch.


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACelebrating Conservation Week:1-9 November

  • Sunday 2 November: Whareroa Farm Picnic Day (See our What’s On section for details.)


  • Friday 7 November: Explore Paekakariki Stream at Night Queen Elizabeth Park 7.45pm (email: