Pukaha News

Pūkaha’s open day brings locals flocking and signals a new direction

Over Labour weekend Pūkaha opened its doors to locals – holding the first ever community open day at the national wildlife centre.

With stunning sunshine, and a free bus put on by Masterton District Council, the day was a great success. An estimated 1500 locals visited the wildlife centre where entry for the day was by koha.  Many had never been before or hadn’t visited for many years.

Conservation Week 2018 is here!


Conservation Week is a New Zealand, Department of Conservation run initiative that takes place each year to encourage people to get involved in nature and help to take care of it.

Each year DOC works with community groups across Aotearoa to spread the conservation message. It’s a nationwide celebration of kiwis pitching in to help our native plants and animals. All over the country "kiwi" are encouraged to get involved by, going to a local Conservation Week event, doing an activity off your own back or donating to existing conservation programmes.


Māori Language Week- September 10th-16th  'Kia Kaha te Reo Māori’ 

Help us celebrate our foundation language of New Zealand-te Reo- This week it's all about just giving it a go. With our tips and resources you can have a go at purchasing your entry ticket in te Reo, ordering your coffee from the kākā cafe' and at all our daily wildlife talks, learn the Māori name for the species.