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How can we work together to restore nature rather than carry on destroying it?

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We look at a raft of big irrigation schemes being planned across New Zealand and explain why dams won’t drought-proof our farms, instead we need to innovate not irrigate.

Meanwhile, greening of the Mackenzie Basin continues apace, and Forest & Bird is calling on the government to set up a conservation park to protect what’s left before it’s too late.

Nature is in crisis, as the plight of the orange-fronted parakeet shows, while lizard populations are being lost daily, and giant northern rātā could be devastated by myrtle rust. Luckily New Zealand has many passionate conservationists working to protect nature in many different ways.

We talk to community volunteers determined to restore the health of the Hauraki Gulf and the Marlborough Sounds, and find out why 10-year-old Olly Hills has written a book about cicadas.

Forest & Bird turns 95 this year and we talk to the Messenger family about their lifelong love of nature. All this plus much more in our bumper birthday issue – and don’t miss our wonderful mushrooms that glow in the dark story.

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