Nature Connections connects our region’s ten best known eco-assets to help them provide services, experiences and sharing story-telling expertise of a higher quality to their visitors.
Funded by the Wellington Amenities Fund, the project has been running since August 2013.
Lead partners Wellington Zoo and Zealandia were joined by Staglands Wildlife Reserve, Pukaha Mount Bruce and Matiu/Somes Island (DOC & Kaitiake Board) for the first year.
Year two of the project saw Wellington Botanic Gardens, Otari-Wilton’s Bush, Kaitoke Regional Park, Battle Hill Farm Forest Park and Nga Manu Nature Reserve join the project.
The first two years of the project focussed on staff training, strengthening relationships and highlighting shared stories. Turning ‘competitors into colleagues’ by strengthening networks and filming ‘connecting stories’ has been key. Shared videos can be viewed at our website on http://www.natureconnections.org.nz/our-stories.html
The third year of the project will focus on a joint marketing campaign between the 10 partners for summer 2015/16.