Hon Dr Nick Smith
Minister of Conservation
3 September 2013
Wild About NZ series to showcase conservation
Tonight’s launch of a primetime TV series that showcases the most spectacular parts of New Zealand’s conservation estate
will inspire people to get out and explore our own backyard, Conservation Minister Dr Nick Smith says.
“The ‘Wild About New Zealand’ series, produced by NHNZ (formerly known as Natural History New Zealand), profiles some of
our country’s most pristine National Parks and destinations from the mountains of the Southern Alps to the seas of the
Hauraki Gulf Marine Park,” Dr Smith says.
“The Department of Conservation has been providing support to NHNZ since early 2012 to make this series, including
identifying locations and providing logistical support.
“This series is the perfect opportunity to showcase our natural heritage in the lead up to Conservation Week which
starts on Sunday. It also highlights just how accessible the outdoors are for New Zealanders, with DOC huts and tracks
scattered throughout the public conservation estate.
“This ‘Wild About NZ’ series is part of DOC’s new approach of partnering with other organisations like TVNZ and NHNZ to
achieve more for conservation. We hope this series will inspire more people to get out and enjoy the Great Walks and
National Parks that define who we are as New Zealanders.”