Held every 2-3 years, the A Rocha International forum provides the opportunity for A Rocha organisations from around the world to share their experiences and learnings and be inspired by ideas and initiatives from within the A Rocha family and the broader conservation movement. In June, Kristel van Houte, Andrew Shepherd and Murray Sheard spent a week in Portugal.
Update on Karioi
It’s been a busy first half of the year for the Karioi – Maunga ki te Moana project in Whaingaroa/Raglan. Since March, over 30km of new tracks have been cut across Karioi mountain and during winter there is ongoing monitoring of the Oi / Grey-Faced Petrels burrows.
A Rocha volunteers help dairy farm go green
A Rocha volunteers help dairy farm go green. On the last day of May, 27 volunteers, from churches, a school environmental club and students from the A Rocha-Laidlaw College 'Ecology, God and Community' course descended on a south Waikato dairy farm to plant up a newly created wetland. The wetland has been developed by Putaruru farmers Gray and Marilyn Baldwin, with the intention of improving the water quality in the streams draining their farm.
A Rocha Huis
In October we'll be holding A Rocha hui in the North and South Islands. The hui are open to all those involved, or interested in A Rocha. Chris Naylor, the Executive Director of A Rocha International will be attending and offering A Rocha stories from around the world. Mark these dates in your diary now and stay posted for further details.
Love Your Neighbour: Climate Change Action Tour
- October 2nd- 4th – Raglan, Waikato
- October 9th-11th – Makarora, Otago
Hear Pacific church leaders speak out on the effects of climate change and issue a call for action: Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch.
A Rocha is partnering with TEAR Fund, Oxfam, 350 Aotearoa and the Diocesan Climate Change Action Group, to bring key Pacific leaders to tell their story and challenge us to act. They are seeing sea level rise threaten Tuvalu, changes to crops and fisheries across the Pacific, and storms such as Cyclone Pam, tearing communities apart with more force than ever.