LIVING PLANET MAGAZINE ISSUE 21

What a year it’s been! Together, we’ve achieved great things for our unique nature and animals – both here in new Zealand and overseas.

Bright ideas for conservation

This year WWF-New Zealand set out to reward game-changing ideas that will benefit conservation. Three prizes of $25,000 were awarded to pioneering inventors at the fourth annual Conservation Innovation Awards, which took place in November.

2017’s winning innovations were really exciting. First up was a real-time E.coli water sensor, by Water Action Initiative New Zealand (WAINZ). Next there was a thermal animal detection system by Trap and Trigger, and lastly Grid-i, a predator tool using artificial intelligence, submitted by Gerald Dickinson.

So what does the future of conservation look like? Find out more about our winners and their ideas.

A holiday message from Livia

Our CEO, Livia Esterhazy, wanted to share some of her personal highlights of the year - and say thank you! 

"From the Zero Carbon Act to WWF's new partnership with iwi-owned fishing company Moana New Zealand, it's been another great year - and it wouldn't be possible without you.

"I’ve been so inspired by the passion that New Zealanders have for nature. Thank you so much for turning that passion into action in 2017!"

© © naturepl.com / Reinhard / ARCO / WWF

Speaking out for snow leopards

Did you know that snow leopards are nicknamed the ‘ghosts of the mountains’? It’s because they’re so quiet and rarely seen.

Their numbers are falling – but luckily they have nature lovers like you fighting to save them. Over 200,000 WWF supporters all over the world signed a petition this year demanding better protection for snow leopards.

And your voice was heard. In August 2017, leaders from snow leopard range countries pledged to secure at least 20 snow leopard landscapes by the year 2020. WWF will continue to work with local communities to protect snow leopards. Find out more about WWF’s work to protect beautiful snow leopards.

© Silvia Scali

Get dolphin-spotting this summer

Hurrah, summer is here! To many of us, that means spending time on the sea, boating, surfing or swimming. We’re calling all sea-lovers who’ll be along the west coast of the North Island to keep an eye out for the critically endangered Māui dolphin.

Sightings are so valuable, and you can report them easily with our phone line or free app. Seen a Māui dolphin? Call 0800 4 MAUIS or download the app.

Won’t be in dolphin territory this summer? You can still join in the fun online! Follow us on Facebook for all things dolphin-related – and don’t forget to spread the word about these animals.

© David Tong / WWF

The great election climate debate

In the run-up to the election we organised a climate debate to find out what political leaders think about protecting our climate.

This matters. Some of New Zealand’s biggest news outlets called this the ‘Environment Election’ but the debates were strangely quiet when it came to climate change. We wanted to change that – and with your help, we did.

All but two of the main political parties committed to passing a new climate law, like the Zero Carbon Act. It’s 100% possible that we will see big changes over the coming months. People like you helped to make that happen – so thank you! Watch a recording of the live stream.

© Tony Stoddard

The Great Kererū Count takes flight

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Great Kererū Count 2017. Each year we ask Kiwis to get outside and make a note of any kererū they see.

And you responded enthusiastically! Across New Zealand, there were 6,946 observations and 15,459 kererū were counted as part of this year’s count. Thanks to you, we’re able to support the Great Kererū Count. The count is just one of the ways in which people can protect and care for these beautiful birds.

Want to find out how many kererū were spotted in your region? Visit the Great Kererū Count website to check out the 2017 hotspots!