Air NZ expands DOC efforts

Air NZ expands DOC efforts

Honing in on it’s sustainability efforts, Air New Zealand is expanding its long-term Department of Conservation partnership by giving a boost to conservation and biodiversity on DOC’s new Short Walks and Day Hikes network. 

The airline has partnered with DOC since 2012 and recently announced it will extend its support out to 2022, funding projects to control pests, restore native wildlife and enhance the visitor experience on a mix of the Great Walks, Short Walks and Day Hikes, and marine reserves, as well as transporting endangered species on its aircraft to safe breeding grounds across the country.

Air New Zealand head of sustainability Lisa Danielle says the airline’s biodiversity work with DOC and iwi is helping to encourage native birdsong back to our natural spaces.

‘Since partnering with DOC in 2012, we've transported more than 2500 endangered native creatures to new homes around New Zealand, established five biodiversity projects on the Great Walks, and seen a 48 percent increase in overnight visitors to these tracks,’ she says.

‘From Mount Manaia in Northland to Lake Matheson on the West Coast, the new day walks are set to become a ‘must-do’ this summer, and we’ll support DOC to both promote and enhance the tracks, which will see more of New Zealand’s regions benefit from new visitors.’