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“Biodiversity is the variability among living organisms and the interwoven ecological whole of which they are a part, including diversity within species, between species and of ecosystems.” New Zealand, one of the last places on earth to be settled by humans, has one of the worst records of indigenous biodiversity loss. Today, about 1000 of our known animal, plant, and fungi species are considered threatened. Biodiversity is New Zealand's biological wealth. New Zealand's land-based primary production — farming, forestry and horticulture — is reliant on the protection and management of biological systems. These "ecosystem services" include producing raw materials (principally food from the sea and fibre from the land), purifying water, decomposing wastes, cycling nutrients, creating and maintaining soils, providing pollination and pest control, and regulating local and global climates.
From New Zealand Biodiversity Strategy 2000-2020
Healthy native bush, wetlands, shrublands, tussock grasslands and dunes add to the appeal of a property as a place to live and work.
By protecting and enhancing these areas of native biodiversity, you will help protect our country's unique flora, fauna and ecosystems for future generations.