Free conservation-focused app & entry to Zealandia

3 October 2014

With all the different games and apps available today it can be difficult to entice kids to get outside and connect with the beautiful green spaces Wellington region has on offer.

Tuatara. Photo by Janice McKenna.

Habitat the Game is a new and exciting app that encourages children to think about, and act for, conservation and sustainability. In the Tamagotchi-style game, you keep a polar bear alive and healthy through virtual tasks and real-life conservation efforts such as turning off lights and taps, composting and recycling.

There are 16 virtual pins of species found in their natural habitats located in and around the Wellington region. Habitat the Game is available on Apple smart devices and on Android devices through Google Play.

Wellington is the first city in New Zealand to partner with the popular game. This has been a collaborative effort between the Department of Conservation (DOC), Wellington City Council, Zealandia, Greater Wellington Regional Council, The Wellington Zoo and Pukaha Mt Bruce.

They all agree that it’s important to get children and their families out and learning about our surrounding environment.

Mayor Celia Wade-Brown, who will officially launch the initiative this Saturday at Zealandia, is excited about the new platform.

“This app will connect our young people to our green spaces, and it also connects Wellington on an international level to our global conservation story. That is definitely worth showcasing.”

“In Wellington we’re keen to connect real life conservation and outdoors experience with the excitement of virtual GPS.”

Habitat the Game launches 11am–3pm, Saturday 4 October at Zealandia. Free entry will be given to kids who have downloaded the free app and the first 100 adults. There will also be loads of spot prizes and activities, so come on down for a great day with the whole family.