Why should we protect our heritage?
- Ongoing survival of plants and animals (biodiversity).
- Cultural and community relationships.
- Less flooding (vegetation reduces water run-off).
- Soil protection (ten times more soil is lost from pasture than
- Scenery and landscapes.
- Recreation areas.
- Business opportunities (e.g. home-stays and eco-tours).
- Health (medicines).
- National identity (enhancing our clean, green image).
- Improved water quality (clearer streams and water
- Scientific knowledge.
- Preserving links with the past.
What can you do to protect our
- Protect areas from stock.
- Avoid clearing vegetation.
- Dispose of waste carefully.
- Replant natural areas.
- Get advice before doing earthworks.
- Respect existing heritage sites and use accordingly.
- Join organisations which protect heritage areas such as the
Royal Forest and Bird Society or the Historic Places Trust.
- Contact the appropriate authorities about protecting a heritage
place on your land.
- Identify areas to protect. These include native forest remnants
and shrublands, coastal dunelands, native tussock grasslands,
wetlands, lake margins and streambanks, geological features, areas
supporting communities of native plants and animals, distinctive
landscapes, landmarks and places with special historic value, areas
of cultural importance to tangata whenua, or even scenic value,
regenerating forest and shrublands, modified or degraded areas with
the potential for restoration, including open space on the
outskirts of towns and cities.
- Control pest
animals on your own land.
- Control pest plants on your own
You can help the natural environment by retiring unprofitable
areas to enable regeneration, by leaving or planting vegetation
zones around streams, rivers, ponds and on steep hillsides, or by
fencing off any areas of bush or wetland, no matter how small.
Land can also be bequeathed as a gift, or purchased through the
Land Acquisition Fund to any of the organisations that protect heritage.