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Defence force swaps khaki for green – Timaru Herald

The NZ Defence Force is involved in the Te Manahuna Aoraki conservation work, protecting endangered and native species on their land.

The New Zealand Defence Force is laying down its guns and helping regenerate the delicate natural environment of the South Island high country. 

The pristine highland area of the Mackenzie Basin is home to more than 30 native, endangered plant, bird and insect species, including the black stilt (kaki), jewelled gecko, rockwren and at least six native lizard species. 

After years of decline, the NZDF joined forces with the Department of Conservation, the Next Foundation, local landholders and iwi to protect native broom and tussock.

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