Ducks Unlimited is a conservation group which aims to increase the number of New Zealand wetlands, as well as developing ecosystems which will support water birds.
The organisation helps with funding and advice for making wetlands, and members also help raise endangered brown teal and blue duck, for DOC.
Diane Pritt (above) is the new co-patron and farms a 120 hectare sheep and beef farm near Ohakune. Her property, Mitredale, has been in the family since 1948 and now has over 40 wetland areas.
Susan Murray visits Diane on her farm, against the backdrop of Mount Rurapehu.