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Can we fix it? How New Zealand's islands are the key to conservation

Extinction Week, brought to you by Kiwibank

Can we fix it? How New Zealand's islands are the key to conservation

In a regular section called Can We Fix It? Idealog and Kiwibank will explore some of the world’s biggest – and, in some cases, most intractable – problems and then showcase some of the clever people trying to tackle them. Here's how New Zealand's 600 offshore islands are being used to help our endangered species.

Extinction Week, brought to you by Kiwibank

Earlier this year a wellington based artist named DSIDE - renowned for his paintings on the street - stepped inside the walls of a local gallery to relinquish his environmentally charged exhibition: EXTINCTED - an ode to extinct animals. We get in touch with the enigmatic artist - who talks about his exhibition and philosophises over the role that art plays in the face of mass extinction.

Extinction Week, brought to you by Kiwibank

Bringing back animals that have long been extinct holds a special type of excitement for many – just imagine seeing a moa back in the wild. But is it realistic to think this could actually be pulled off? A team of New Zealand and Australian scientists say previously-extinct species to our conservation checklist will strain already tight conservation budgets, and it might come down to a choice between our beloved endangered animals that still exist and the ones that have long since passed.

Extinction Week, brought to you by Kiwibank

Throughout history, blockades have been overcome by new ways of thinking and experimentation – try, try and try again, as the saying goes. This faith in the human ability to find solutions has led to everything from penicillin to electricity to flying machines and it continues to push society forward. So, in a brand-new section called Can We Fix It? Idealog and Kiwibank will look at some of the world’s biggest – and, in some cases, most intractable – problems and the homegrown businesses doing their bit to tackle them. This time, Anna Bradley-Smith looks at extinction in New Zealand.