New Zealand Celebrations of the International Year of Biodiversity 2010 – Final Report
New Zealand's Website for the International Year of Biodiversity
Students from the Maori immersion class at Te Kura A Rito O Newton (Newton School) in Central Auckland have won major awards as part of a nationwide photographic competition held to celebrate the 2010 United Nations International Year of Biodiversity. Website
– New Zealand National Commission (UNESCO) facebook Fan Page
Activity update - Department of Conservation
The Department of Conservation is leading the New Zealand government in the celebration of the International Year of Biodiversity.
The Department announced its involvement with the International Year of Biodiversity with a media release on Friday 29 January. The media release (Appendix A
) promoted the appointment of a critically endangered native parrot, a kakapo, as Spokesbird for Conservation. The Spokesbird for Conservation is a multi-level campaign involving social media, traditional media and event production to highlight New Zealand’s biodiversity.
The announcement received media coverage in New Zealand, Australia, the US, the UK, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Romania, Russia, Poland and India.
Social media activities include Twitter entries, Facebook page entries, Facebook fanpage, Youtube videos, and dialogue with online communities of interest.
www.Spokesbird.com www.Sirocco2010.com www.twitter.com/Spokesbird
The Department’s involvement in the International Year of Biodiversity and information about New Zealand’s biodiversity has been published to the Department’s website
The multi-New Zealand agency website
has been updated to provide a link to the Department’s website for International Year of Biodiversity information.
Events and community engagement activities
The Department is liaising with other government agencies including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Ministry for the Environment, the Ministry of Fisheries and the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, and will be planning activities in association with local government, organisations such as Landcare Research and Non-Government Organisations.
In April the Department is hosting an international workshop focussing on collaboration of regions with islands around the issue of invasive species management and biodiversity protection.
Our ongoing community engagement work includes aligning our national events programme, such as World Wetlands Day, Seaweek and Arbor Day, with International Year of Biodiversity. A full list of national events is provided (Appendix B
Conservancies and area offices around New Zealand are linking regional activities and events to the International Year of Biodiversity. Regional Events
Programme of international speakers
The Department hopes to co-host a programme of international speakers throughout the year. This programme will culminate in a forum for government and business leaders during Conservation Week 2010 (September). The programme is currently being planned and more information will be provided throughout the year.
The Department will provide a feature story about the International Year of Biodiversity for the Statistics New Zealand Yearbook 2010.
Key contacts at the Department of Conservation’s International Relations Unit:
Annie Wheeler +64 4 496 1918 firstname.lastname@example.org
Donna Williams +64 4 496 1961 email@example.com