The skateboard art helping to save New Zealand's wildlife

Skateboards and native wildlife don't usually go hand in hand, but a group of talented Kiwi artists have combined the two for a unique display. 

The Native exhibition by The Paper Rain Project involves a series of skateboard artworks, with the aim to save some of New Zealand's endangered species. 

"We've teamed together with about 15 artists who are all super passionate about conservation," says artist Indigo Greenlaw. 

She's one of the brains behind The Paper Rain Project, which donates part of its profits from the art and products it sells to various charities.  

Around 60 skateboards have been created for the exhibition, and $50 from each one sold will go towards Dunedin's new wildlife hospital.

"They are the only facility of its kind in the South Island that takes on board all native species, they're a veterinary facility, and helping with injured birds, seals and penguins is really helping build up the population," says Ms Greenlaw.

It's a cause close to the hearts of the artists involved, including Hayley King - otherwise known as Flox. 

"As an artist it's nice to be able to use your passion and put that into a platform that assists in some of those roles," she says.

Flox is famous for her drawings and paintings of native birds, ferns and flowers. 

"We have this sort of love affair and I think I just sort of fell into this category as an artist and I can't help but paint them."

All the boards are made from recycled wood - including old Marlborough wine barrels. They range in price from $450 to around $1250, and are on display for the next two weeks at a pop-up store in Ponsonby Central. 

But for any skaters out there, don't get any ideas about actually using the boards. 

"It's up to the buyer ultimately, but these are definitely made for hanging on the wall," says Ms Greenlaw.