To celebrate Conservation Week, the Chinese Conservation Education Trust(external link) worked with the Department of Conservation(external link) to develop a programme on conservation in New Zealand for members of the Chinese community.
The programme was held 16 September 2018, during Conservation Week, at the Sir Peter Blake Marine Education Centre in Auckland, and had an overwhelming response from the community. 40 participants enjoyed a day filled with educational presentations on marine preservation, and activities such as how to make a fire without matches, bow and arrow shooting, and learning the Māori art of weaving harakeke (flax).
Both adults and children alike spoke of how much they enjoyed the event. Participants said the day was an incredible opportunity to learn about the marine environment, Māori culture, and conservation in New Zealand. Those who attended were excited to learn about the part they could play in protecting the marine environment, and looked forward to passing on their learnings to friends and family.