Story: Conservation – a history

Native Bird Protection Society newsletter

Soon after the Native Bird Protection Society was formed in 1923, Val Sanderson (who was secretary for over 20 years) started to send out regular newsletters. This one, from November 1923, illustrates the society’s involvement with schools, and its lobbying to increase the number of island sanctuaries.

One of the society’s goals was to centralise the management of wildlife. This was achieved over 60 years later, when the Department of Conservation was created in 1987.

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Simon Nathan, 'Conservation – a history - A background issue, 1908–1965', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 21 January 2022)

Story by Simon Nathan, published 24 Sep 2007, updated 1 Aug 2015