Hero activity – Mangamingi/Makuri/Waitotara Dung Beetle Workshop

Livestock in New Zealand produce an estimated 100 million tonnes of manure a year.  Most sits from weeks to months unrendered on pastures or washes into our waterways resulting in poor water quality.  Dung beetles represent a low cost, significant, self-sustainable tool deployed across pastoral land to improve water quality by 80% in addition to improving soil health, soil conservation, carbon sequestration and pastoral productivity.

Mangamingi, Makuri and Waitotara groups engaged Dr. Shaun Forgie, a dung beetle specialist with 30 years experience in the ecology, economics, importation and mass rearing of dung beetles to present a workshop to promote this environmental option.