Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


New Zealand celebrities pledge for nature

5 September 2013

New Zealand celebrities pledge for nature

Sam Neill is one of a bunch of Kiwi celebrities who are promising to do their bit to look after our environment and celebrate Conservation Week this year.

He joins TV presenter Matua Parkinson, Black Seeds musicians and Shortland Street actors, with celebrity kākāpō Sirocco, to make his pledge in the short video—What’s your whānau doing?

Sam Neill commits to plant kōwhai at his central Otago vineyard to attract native birds, while Matua Parkinson plans to go pig hunting to keep the forest healthy and put food on the table for his whānau.

“We wanted to go beyond the image of rugged trampers in bush shirts to show how mainstream and cool conservation is,” says DOC communications advisor Siobhan File, who managed the video’s production.

“There are so many ways your whānau can get involved, as our celebrities show. It can be as simple as getting out to a local conservation park or reserve for a picnic or giving a native tree as a gift.”

Filming the people and wildlife that feature in the video at seven locations around the country was fun and at times challenging, says DOC community outreach coordinator and documentary maker Claudia Babirat.

“A funny moment was pitching a tent out the front of the Shortland Street studio in west Auckland to create an impromptu ‘national park’ setting, which turned heads,” says Claudia.

“Sirocco proved the biggest diva when he bit Zealandia Education Manager Brian’s finger, perhaps hinting there were insufficient star treats on offer.”

“I was amazed at how much the celebrities actually knew about conservation, and how enthusiastic they were at being involved,” she adds.

Find out what actor Robyn Malcolm, New Zealand Sevens player Scott Curry and the ‘What Now’ team are doing for Conservation Week. And where ‘Shorty St’ nurse Wendy Cooper and doctor Harper Whitely (aka Jacqueline Nairn and Ria Vandervis) plan to go...

So, what’s your whānau doing?

Register your pledge at conservationweek.org.nz and be in to win a trip for four to Great Barrier Island.

Click for big version.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Lessons From Australia’s Election

Australia’s new PM Anthony Albanese faces an obvious dilemma, barely before he gets his feet under the desk. Australia is the world’s leading exporter of coal. Will the new Labor government prioritise the jobs for Queensland/NSW workers in its mining-dependent communities - or will Labor start to get serious about climate change, and risk the inevitable political backlash from making a major shift into renewables..?


Government: New Zealand To Stay At Orange For Now
With New Zealand expecting to see Omicron cases rise during the winter, the Orange setting remains appropriate for managing this stage of the outbreak, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said today... More>>

Australian Election: Prime Minister Congratulates Anthony Albanese
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has congratulated Anthony Albanese and the Australian Labor Party on winning the Australian Federal election, and has acknowledged outgoing Prime Minister Scott Morrison... More>>

Government: Helps Supermarket Shoppers Get A Fair Deal
Urgent Budget night legislation to stop major supermarkets blocking competitors from accessing land for new stores has been introduced today, Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs Dr David Clark said... More>>

Government: Independent Panel Appointed To Review Electoral Law
Justice Minister Kris Faafoi today announced appointments to the independent panel that will lead a review of New Zealand’s electoral law. “This panel, appointed by an independent panel of experts... More>>

Trade: Prime Minister To Visit United States
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is leading a trade mission to the United States this week as part of the Government’s reconnection strategy to support export growth and the return of tourists post COVID-19... More>>

National: Jacqui Dean To Retire From Parliament In 2023

Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean has announced that she will not be seeking re-election at the 2023 election. “I have advised the President and Leader of the National Party that I have decided not to put my name forward... More>>




InfoPages News Channels