Story: Nation and government

Conserving natural heritage (2nd of 3)

Conserving natural heritage

The largest single landowner in New Zealand is the Department of Conservation. The ‘conservation estate’ includes national parks, forest parks and reserves. The department has many programmes to help protect New Zealand’s biodiversity. It safeguards native forests and other plant communities, and works to rescue birds and other animals and insects threatened with extinction. Here children listen to one of the department’s officers at the Tongariro National Park visitors’ centre.

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John Wilson, 'Nation and government - The state sector and Crown entities', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 30 June 2022)

Story by John Wilson, updated 1 Sep 2016