Community Notice

This page provides up-to-date notices about ecological restoration in New Zealand.

Northland - Free pest plant workshops for 2017

Pest plant experts will pass on tips on how to tackle some of the Northland’s worst weeds at free workshops in Paparoa, Whangarei, Kerikeri and Coopers Beach.

This winter will be the seventh year the Northland Regional Council has held the popular three-hour workshops, which its pest plant specialist Sara Brill will host from 24-29 July.

Councillor Joce Yeoman, who represents the council’s Coastal North constituency, says the council typically holds two pest plant workshops a day at each venue based on demand from local communities.

“Demand can vary from year-to-year, so this winter we’ll be visiting Paparoa, Whangarei, Kerikeri and Coopers Beach.”

Councillor Yeoman says every year up to 200 people take advantage of the offer to learn how to better manage both land and freshwater-based weeds; either on their own land, or properties they manage for others.

“If you’ve ever wondered which weed is which, why weeds wander and what we can do about it; come along to one of our informative, fun, and free workshops.”

Sara Brill says the events are a fantastic way to get ‘up close and personal’ with some of Northland’s worst weeds and attendees are often surprised by the fact “not all plants are created equal, and some weeds definitely have a lot to answer for in terms of their impacts on our environment!”.

“The workshops are hands-on, but delivered in a relaxed and fun way to help people learn how best to tackle a wide variety of more than 20 pest plants  including wild ginger, lantana and moth plant as well as highlighting the need to report freshwater weeds like salvinia and water hyacinth.”

Each will include a short presentation, hands-on identification tips and information on control options, including chemicals and other methods.

The first workshop will be in Paparoa at the Paparoa Memorial Hall on Monday 24 July, followed the next day in Kerikeri at the St John Ambulance Hall (357 Kerikeri Rd) before moving to the St John Ambulance Hall (7 St John Rd) at Coopers Beach on Wednesday 26 July.  Thursday 27 July will see workshops in chambers at the regional council’s (Water St) Whangarei head office.

Councillor Yeoman says two separate three-hour workshops will be held at each weekday venue; one from 9am til noon and the other from 1-4pm, but numbers are limited to about 30 people each time so registration is essential.

There will also be a final weekend workshop in Whangarei on the morning of Saturday 29 July (again, from 9am until noon) for those who might not have been able to make any of the earlier weekday events.

Councillor Yeoman says the winter workshops are a great chance for people to plan well ahead and get ready for the busy ‘weed knockdown period’ once the warm spring growth phase starts.

People interested in attending should email Sara Brill – [email protected] – or call her directly on (09) 470 1162 to register and/or learn more about the workshops.

General information on pests – both plant and animal – is available from the council’s new pest control hub via:


2017 Community Partner Programme

Outward Bound Classic Course Scholarships

Thanks to generous donations from our funders Outward Bound have a number of new scholarships available in 2017. These scholarships are for those involved in community organisations, for the Classic 21 day course.

Outward Bound is calling for expressions of interest from those keen to participate in our 2017 Community Partner programme.

Classic Course

The Classic is the original and iconic Outward Bound experience, a perfect balance of adventure and
reflection. You’ll take time to consider your personal values and work out what’s important. You’ll step outside of your comfort zone; camping, tramping, sailing and scrambling to push yourself to
the limit. In doing so you’ll find out more about yourself, others and the world around you. You’ll find a sense of belonging, leaving Anakiwa with new connections and life-long friendships. The Classic course gives you the focus and perspective to decide on your future direction.


  • Individuals involved in community work with a non-for profit organisation
  • Ages 18 – 26
  • For those aged 27+ there are scholarships available for 8 and 21 day courses

"I walked away from Outward Bound with inner and outer strength. I felt like I could take on the world and nothing could stop me."
- Sammy Jane Garrett

To register or find out more contact:
James Wilson on 022 643 6318 or email [email protected]

Moth plant compost report

An interesting report about composting moth plant pods. Have a look at the full report Post-compost viability and germination of moth plant (Araujia hortorum) to find out more.

Serve for New Zealand: Anzac Day 25 April 2017

"This initiative is a way for Kiwis to remember the service of others in the past, and to continue that tradition of generosity and sacrifice in a practical way. I would like to congratulate those who have already pledged their time, and encourage others to do the same." HRH Prince Harry

How to be part of Serve for New Zealand Anzac Day 2017

Serve for New Zealand: Anzac Day is encouraging everyone to give an hour of their time to their local communities on (or before) Anzac Day in 2017, to further the shared ideals of the RSA and the University of Canterbury's Student Volunteer Army.

Serve for New Zealand was created as a gift to the RSA to commemorate their 100th birthday and as a way for Kiwis to celebrate the legacy of service. Serve for New Zealand: Anzac Day was run as a pilot project in 2016. Designed to encourage everyday Kiwis to offer an hour of their time in their local communities on a day of national significance, the inaugural event saw over 6,600 hours pledged.

We are bringing Serve for New Zealand: Anzac Day back in 2017 and making it bigger and better, to create the greatest volunteering impact we can across the country.

Help us create the greatest movement possible!

Take a current project you have organised or create a new project and pledge to Serve for New Zealand Anzac Day.

Encourage your volunteers to show they’ve supported you AND Serve for New Zealand, by pledging their time.

On our website, we encourage you to pledge your hours as a group or an individual.

To learn more visit our website:, or email [email protected] and visit us on Facebook!

Thank you for your support of Serve for NZ: Anzac Day, and we hope to see your community engaged in this day
of service!

Calling for entries to the Green Ribbon Awards

The Green Ribbon Awards are held to recognise outstanding contributions by individuals, communities and organisations to protect and manage New Zealand’s environment.
We all have a part to play in protecting and managing our environment. By sharing your story, you’ll not only boost the profile of your work, you’ll help us to raise awareness of how individuals, groups and organisations can get involved and make a difference.
All entries will be assessed by a panel of judges with environment expertise, including representatives from the Ministry for the Environment and Department of Conservation. Entries close on 10 May 2017.

All finalists will have Green Ribbon Award promotional rights and your stories will be shared through our Green Ribbon Awards website and social media. We’ll also promote all Green Ribbon Award winners in media releases following the event.
Finalists are invited to attend a formal awards ceremony and dinner at Parliament on 8 June 2017, where the winners will be announced. The awards ceremony is hosted by the Ministers for the Environment and Conservation.

Find out more about the Green Ribbon Awards and how to enter.


Trees That Count: Register the trees you intend to plant this year

Last year we announced the launch of Trees That Count - this was the first step in an ambitious plan to create a movement where Kiwis unite to help restore and enhance our environment, encourage biodiversity in our cities, clean our air and waterways and make a difference to climate change. 

Funded by The Tindall Foundation, and delivered by Project Crimson Trust in partnership with Pure Advantage and the Department of Conservation, Trees That Count aims to keep a live count of the number of native trees being planted across the country and to set a new target each year. For 2017 this is 4.7 million trees, one for every New Zealander.  The live native tree ‘count’ is a New Zealand first and currently the only vehicle recording native tree plantings nationwide.

Four months on we’re pleased to report that New Zealanders are getting behind the cause.  Pledging to plant native trees, funding trees through the website, registering their planting projects, pledging to volunteer and gifting trees for special occasions.  We invite you to join us and help grow the count for 2017 by registering the trees you intend to plant this year on our website.

It’s really easy to do:

  1. Go to
  2. Click on Register a Planting Project
  3. Create your profile
  4. Add your project to the count

Once your project is registered you will be able to share your Trees That Count project page with your networks, and encourage others to also get involved. 

We’ve got some exciting plans for the future.  This will include resources for people who are undertaking native planting programmes, and ways to increase native tree planting throughout New Zealand. Being a part of the project will give you access to future initiatives as they come on stream.

Conservation Boards' newsletter March 2017

Conservation boards are independent bodies, established by statute. Each board represents the public interest in the work of DOC, and conservation in general, within the area of jurisdiction of that board. They are advisors to DOC and the New Zealand Conservation Authority.

There are 15 conservation boards, each with a defined geographical area and up to 12 members.

The Conservation Boards Have quarterly newsletter which aims to keep you informed about the activities of the conservation boards across the country.

Conservation Boards' Newsletter March 2017

Subscribe to the Conservation Boards' newsletter 


The Wellington Zoo brings you… Wild Ideas: A two-day conservation symposium

Join both our international and local conservation partners as we showcase the big steps we're collectively taking for global change. It's an event for anyone who cares about conservation, wildlife, people and our planet. And you'll leave with new know-how and knowledge to help take simple steps in your own life - so together, we can help our wildlife to thrive.

Date: 5-6 April, 2017
Location: Paramount Theatre, Courtenay Place, Wellington

Book your tickets now! ($40-$120)

A portion of ticket sales will be donated directly to Wellington Zoo's global conservation partners. Admission includes morning tea and lunch.

See the line-up of speakers and the wildlife they are saving at:

Mountains to Sea Wānanga 2017

A national marine and freshwater conference

“Citizen Science”
For marine and freshwater conservation action and education
Friday 21st April – Sunday 23rd April 2017 
Omaha Marae, Leigh, Auckland 

Register now here.


An inspirational professional development and networking opportunity for all those involved or interested in freshwater and marine conservation.


  • provide a forum for marine and freshwater educators to network about education for sustainability initiatives and projects around science communication
  • provide professional development opportunities
  • provide a forum to discuss the effectiveness of existing and potential partnerships that foster action for marine and freshwater conservation
  • ensure strong delivery of the Experiencing Marine Reserves (EMR) and Whitebait Connection (WBC) concepts around New Zealand
  • raise the profile and value of citizen science whilst exploring what it actually is - workshop on what citizen science means for New Zealanders"

Wānanga registration will include

  • powhiri at 11am on Friday 21st April 
  • marine & freshwater keynote presentations from Dr Victoria Metcalfe, Sally Carson and Dr Nick Shears 
  • fresh wholesome meals and marae accommodation over the 3 day conference- wānanga
  • idyllic scenery at the location near New Zealand’s first marine reserve  
  • marine and freshwater field trips including local conservation initiatives and attractions
  • an opportunity to share your own project during ‘show n tell’, displays & facilitated workshops
  • inclusion of local residents, tangata whenua & conservation groups throughout the programme

See the full programme here

See below the video for the 2016 Mountains to Sea Wānanga held at Whitireia Marae in Gisborne.

Registrations essential 
$429 waged professional, 
$319 non waged/student/teacher/not for profit   

For more information, registration details and invoices contact
Samara Nicholas (09) 433 8205 or 021 036 2019 
Mail to: [email protected]  
Visit  to complete the online registration. 
Please note that credit card payments options are possible via  but will incur an additional 5% charge of your registration fee.


Mountains to Sea Conservation Trust would like to thank the Tindall Foundation, DOC Community Fund, 2 Plus and Curious Minds for funding support.  

Also thanks to Ngati Manuhiri for supporting this wānanga.

Wellington Restoration Day 2017

It’s almost that time of year again! The Wellington region’s Restoration Day is right around the corner, so please put this unique event into your calendars.

The date and place is:  May 21st, 2017 in Porirua (more information to come).

Restoration Day is an annual conference for community groups and individuals involved in environmental restoration projects in the Wellington region. It provides a chance to  celebrate the fantastic work being done, find out about the latest restoration techniques and developments, and network with other groups and agencies.

There is more information on past restoration days on Nature Space. For instance, click here - Restoration Day 2016 - to read up on last year’s event.

Any questions or queries? Please contact: Sara Stuart-Currier on 027 466 0362 or via email [email protected]

Seaweek 2017 - Wellington events

Toiora te Moana – Toiora te Tangata – Healthy Seas, Healthy People”.

New Zealand’s very own Seaweek is taking place around the country from the 25th of February until the 5th of March, 2017, so please put it in your calendars!

“Seaweek focuses on learning from the sea. It’s about exciting and inspiring all New Zealanders to renew their connections with the sea! Not just for children or those involved with formal education – it’s a time for all of us to get to know our ocean, its habitats, characteristics and inhabitants better” ( .

Examples of free events in the Wellington region are beach cleanups, snorkeling days at Whitireia Coast, and live cinema events about the Hutt River. For more information about Seaweek please look here - Seaweek 2017.

For any questions or queries, or if you want to run your own Seaweek event please contact: Sara Stuart-Currier on 027 466 0362 or via email [email protected]

Wellington Conservation Management Strategy (CMS) open for submissions.

The Wellington Conservation Management Strategy (CMS) is a strategic, 10‐year document that puts general policies into practice for the places and resources the Department of Conservation (DOC) manages in Wellington. It aims, through engagement with tangata whenua, communities and others, to show how places, native plants and native animals of regional and local importance fit into the national context.

Submissions are now open and we invite you to have your say on places or issues that are important to you.
Visit for more information.

Submitting on a draft CMS factsheet

Kiwi Aversion Training - The Coromandel

Part of Kauaeranga Valley 6 Weeks of Summer:

Help protect kiwi in our forests. Any dog, regardless of size, breed or obedience can kill kiwi. Be part of the solution, bring your dog along to be kiwi avoidance trained.

Avoidance training is a tool to help reduce the threat dogs pose to kiwi. It teaches dogs that kiwi are something they should stay away from.

Meet at Hotoritori Campground.

Restrictions: All welcome but more suited for 12 and up.

Bookings essential. Contact the Kauaeranga Visitor Centre:
Phone: +64 7 867 9080
Email: [email protected]

Cancellation: The decision to cancel this event would usually only be in event of a severe weather warning. If a decision is made to cancel, details will be posted on Facebook.



Saturday, January 28, 2017 -
09:30 to 10:30

Wellington Lizard Monitoring Workshop

Like these guys – and keen to help?
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DOC and Wellington City Council are running a series of free workshops that will introduce you to lizard conservation and equip you with the skills to support lizard survey work in the Kapiti - Wellington region.
There will be an introductory evening talk covering the field. Everyone is welcome to attend. Two field based workshops will follow covering lizard monitoring techniques, capture, handling, measurement etc. These will be delivered by qualified herpetologists from EcoGecko Consultants.
The field workshops are restricted to 10 participants each and we are looking for people who can commit to supporting lizard surveys in Porirua, Kapiti and Wellington over 2017. A lizard survey might involve a commitment of 2-3 hrs per day over a 5-day period (sometimes spread over two weekends).
Further workshops will be run if the demand is there. If you miss out on this round there will be others.

Introductory talk

Date: Thursday 16 Feb
Time: 7pm
Location: DOC Kapiti Wellington District Office
13b Wall Place, Kenepuru, Porirua

NOTE: Participants must attend the introduction before registering for the field-based workshops (listed below)

Workshop 1

Date: Saturday 18 Feb
Time: 9 – 2pm
Location: TBC (either Whitireia Park, Titahi Bay or Zealandia)

Workshop 2

Date: Saturday 25 Feb
Time: 9 – 2pm
Location: TBC (either Whitireia Park, Titahi Bay or Zealandia)

To book contact Amy Brasch on [email protected] or 04 4708434
RSVP and indicate whether you would like to attend just the introductory talk or the introductory talk and a workshop

Christmas message from Lou Sanson Director-General of DOC

Christmas tui DOC.jpgBelow is a Christmas message from Lou Sanson Director-General of DOC one of Nature Space's supporting partners.

I am writing to personally thank you for your efforts for conservation over the last year. The conservation mission in New Zealand is large and challenging, but we can make a difference by sharing a vision for our country and working together to achieve it.

There’s plenty to celebrate at the end of 2016. Work on Predator Free NZ, an ambitious goal to rid New Zealand of the most damaging introduced predators that threaten our nation’s natural taonga, our economy and primary sector is well underway.  New Zealand is now leading the global effort against invasive predators. I know many of you have been dedicating hours of your time to this work for many years. It is great to know there are new government funds to back community efforts for predator control in urban and rural areas.

The War on Weeds is also well underway. Thanks to all of you who are helping to tackle New Zealand’s Dirty Dozen, including the eradication of wilding pines and other disastrous weeds.  By allowing our native plants the space and nutrients to thrive, we will transform our natural landscapes and support native animals that depend on those habitats.

Collectively we’ve also been making some great gains for our endangered species. Kākāpō and takahē numbers are on the increase and citizen science has helped to reveal that the elusive Fiordland Crested Penguin is thriving in Milford Sound.  The announcement of the world’s largest MPA in the Ross Sea region is a great step forward in the protection of our precious marine environment.

I’d also like to celebrate the exciting landscape-scale projects where community groups, iwi, local government, philanthropists and business are working together to achieve conservation across large tracts of public and private land. Reconnecting Northland is a great example of collaboration between local authority, iwi and community groups. Multiple government agencies, iwi, philanthropists and community organisations are contributing to the large-scale Project Janszoon, and the Cape to City and Taranaki Mounga Projects. Philanthropic funding is also helping to develop innovative technology and approaches to achieve conservation at scale, and this could transform our conservation gains in the future.

These are just a few of the highlights from 2016, and I am looking forward to continuing to grow our achievements together in 2017.

Warm wishes for the holiday season.

Lou Sanson


Comments are invited on new 10-year Strategy for Wellington’s conservation areas

Comments are invited on a new draft Conservation Management Strategy (CMS) for the Wellington, Kāpiti, Manawatū-Rangitīkei and Wairarapa regions.

A new draft Conservation Management Strategy (CMS) for the Wellington, Kāpiti, Manawatū-Rangitīkei and Wairarapa regions will be launched today, and the Department of Conservation is inviting people to have their say on its contents.

The draft strategy is open for submissions until 4 April, 2017 and the final strategy, when approved, will give direction for DOC management of conservation resources in these areas over the next ten years.

It aims to show how DOC will manage places, native plants and animals, clarifies priorities, guides decision-making on commercial activities and describes conservation outcomes to be achieved.

DOC Lower North Island Director, Reg Kemper says, “The document is our handshake with the community – it guides both the Department and the public about what DOC intends to do, how it will set priorities and how the public and other organisations can get involved.”

This new strategy places more importance than ever before on collaboration and connectivity – its purpose is to establish integrated objectives and a more connected way of managing our natural places and visitor assets in collaboration with others.

People are encouraged to put in submissions to support or oppose the draft policies and suggest other approaches. 

“If you agree with what the CMS proposes then great!” said Mr Kemper, “please put in a submission to let us know.” 

“However if you don’t agree with something, let us know why and what you think the CMS should say instead. This is your opportunity to guide DOC’s approach in places that are important to you.” 

DOC has already used information that was collected as part of the pre-consultation process with tangata whenua, local authorities, community, stakeholders, and others to inform the draft Wellington CMS.

The boundary of this plan includes some of the most popular recreation areas in the lower North Island; the Tararua, Ruahine and Rimutaka Forest Parks.

There are opportunities to comment on a wide range of proposals such as changes to visitor levels on Kāpiti and Mana island sanctuaries; improving recreation and access opportunities in forest parks; working with tangata whenua to improve story telling about their historic places; landscape scale pest control in forest areas; and identifying potential new marine protected areas.

The draft strategy and information about making submissions can be found on Copies of the draft plan also can be viewed at the DOC offices in Wellington, Masterton, and Palmerston North. Submitters can also choose to speak in support of their submission before public hearings in May/June 2017.  

Hauraki Gulf environmental Innovation Fund

Foundation North has created a special Hauraki Gulf environmental Innovation Fund, GIF.T, that is worth $5 million dollars over five years.

The next workshops are:

Thursday 20th October 10am-2pm

Focus: Education/Technology/Communication solutions that engage the community to improve the mauri of the Hauraki Gulf

Friday 11th November 10am-2pm

Focus: Share your idea: A general session for anyone with an innovative idea to improve the mauri of the Hauraki Gulf

For more information see the Gift of the Gulf website.

SERN Spring Field Day

Saturday 5th November 2016                


9.00amDepart Feldwick Gates, Queens Park, Invercargill.

10.00am – ES Lower Oreti Lease land.

Environment Southland have been undertaking habitat enhancement of their lease grounds in the lower Oreti catchment. Hear about what works have been undertaken here.

11.00am  Long White Lagoon

Since buying this property off Fish & Game Southland in the mid 2000’s, Peter has been busy planting with wetland natives. Last visited by SERN in the early stages of planting, come and see the difference with flax well established now. Some help with planting maintenance will be done here, so bring your gloves.

12.45pm  Omaui

Lunch at Omaui picnic area, with an introduction to the work of the Omaui Landcare Group in the nearby reserve.

1.30pm. Walk through Omaui Reserve.

Hear about the pest control work that’s been ongoing here. Also about the 5 minute bird counts and what they’re showing.                             

4.30pm Return Feldwick Gates


Please register your attendance with Gay Munro, [email protected] or phone 03 239 5827.

BYO lunch and refreshments.

Thanks to Environment Southland for sponsoring the bus for the day.

Check out the SERN website at

Interview about Auckland North West Wildlink

Ben Paris from Auckland Council did a very interesting interview about the Auckland North West Wildlink on RNZ National. You can listen to the interview by going to The Wild North-West Wildlink interview webpage.

Auckland - Baby Bird Workshop

This workshop will equip you with a more in-depth knowledge of baby birds.  When to rescue, the first aid required, how to keep them healthy while hand-raising them and also when and how to release a bird that you have hand-raised.  You will also learn about possible complications and how to avoid them or what to do when they occur. For more information see learn bird care training page.
When: Saturday 29 October, 8.45am - 1pm
Venue: 129 Ara-Kotinga, Whitford, Auckland  




DOC and Outward Bound scholarships for young people

DOC is offering 6 fully funded scholarships to young people for Outward Bound adventure courses to say thank you to the young volunteers protecting our nature and our natural places.

The Outward Bound scholarship offers a great development opportunity for our future conservation leaders. It will help them to make life choices with confidence. Successful applicants will get involved in all the outdoors has to offer, including sailing, kayaking, rock climbing and tramping.

We’re looking for someone who has a passion and drive for conservation. Someone who has gone the extra mile to achieve greater conservation outcomes through the project they are working on. Someone who is a good ambassador for conservation.

Please share this fantastic opportunity with the young people who volunteer with your organisation. You’ll find a poster to print and display on the DOC Outward Bound webpage.

You can read about the Outward Bound experience of Guy McDonald, one of this year’s DOC-Outward Bounders on the Conservation Blog.

Quick facts:

Find out how to apply at

Send applications to [email protected] by 5pm Friday 28 October

  • The volunteer has to be aged 18 – 26 years
  • The course is based at Anakiwa in the Marlborough Sounds
  • Course dates are not flexible
  • Participants are subject to Outward Bound’s standard enrolment criteria and conditions, and includes a medical examination.
  • The offer does not include travel to and from Picton, travel insurance or the cost of a doctors examination

Wellington workshop: Community GIS mapping

A practical workshop for beginners:

  • What is GIS?
  • Map address lists
  • Make maps in 3D
  • Step by step using geospatial information
  • Story telling with maps
  • Environmental focus, but open to all

When: Sunday 6 or Monday 7 November

Where: Land information NZ, 155 the Terrace, Wellington



Christchurch - Avian first aid course

When: 5 November at 09:00–17:00

Where: International Antarctic Centre, Christchurch

A comprehensive one day course on first aid for birds which was developed by Wildbase vets and nurses in consultation with DOC.

  • This course provides skills to safely deal with a sick or injured bird, to make field assessments and stabilise the bird for further treatment if needed.
  • You will learn multiple bandaging techniques, crop/tube feeding and fluid calculations.
  • This course is suited to anyone and everyone who has an interest in birds or who encounters birds in their line of work. It is suited to any skill level and there is no previous experience needed to attend this course.
  • The course includes take home proceedings, yours to keep for future reference!

To register please email Pauline @ [email protected]

Taupo - Avian first aid course

When: 29 October at 09:00–17:00

Where: Acacia Bay Community Hall, Taupo

A comprehensive one day course on first aid for birds which was developed by Wildbase vets and nurses in consultation with DOC.

  • This course provides skills to safely deal with a sick or injured bird, to make field assessments and stabilise the bird for further treatment if needed.
  • You will learn multiple bandaging techniques, crop/tube feeding and fluid calculations.
  • This course is suited to anyone and everyone who has an interest in birds or who encounters birds in their line of work. It is suited to any skill level and there is no previous experience needed to attend this course.
  • The course includes take home proceedings, yours to keep for future reference!

To register please email Pauline at [email protected]

ID Wildlife – test your skills

Researchers at Victoria university are inviting the public to collaborate in scientific research. You can help increase our understanding of invasive mammals in urban areas by classifying photos on their website:
Last year, the team launched a trial version of the website with 60,000 photos. Volunteers identified the animals in these photos in less than a month. Volunteers not only spotted rats and possums, they also enjoyed snapshots of Wellington’s native biodiversity like fantails, kākā, kākāriki and tīeke.
This year, the group of researchers have collected over 100,000 new photographs to continue researching Wellington’s wildlife in a fun and scientific manner.
Test your animal knowledge while helping science in the making!

Canterbury Aoraki Conservation Board Awards 2016

These awards are for people making a difference to Conservation in the Canterbury Waitaha Area.

Our region extends from the Conway and Clarence rivers in the north, and west to the main divide, including all of the Arthur’s Pass National Park. The southern boundary is the catchment of the Waitaki River at Kurow, along the river to the east coast. The coastal boundary is the twelve-mile limit for marine reserves and the Exclusive Economic Zone for marine mammals.

Entries close: 6:00pm Tuesday, 4th October.

Awards Evening: 4:30 – 6:30 pm Thursday, 27th October

For more information go to

Hauraki Gulf environmental Innovation Fund

Foundation North has created a special Hauraki Gulf environmental Innovation Fund, GIF.T, that is worth $5 million dollars over five years.

First Innovation lab on the 14th of September

For more information see the Gift of the Gulf page

Science Open Day, Ecological Restoration Australasia Conference, Claudelands, Hamilton, NZ Nov 19-23, 2016

A standout feature of this year’s Ecological Restoration Australasia Conference (Claudelands, Hamilton, Nov 19-23) is a ‘Science Open Day’ on Sunday Nov 20. Community environmental groups, students, educators, not-for-profits, as well as members of the wider community either already engaged in, or wishing to learn more about cutting-edge restoration science are encouraged to participate. Along with a wide range of presentations by professional ecologists, there will be opportunities to present your own project(s) via an informal soap box session or as a regular 12min conference talk. Workshops as well as a panel session to maximise knowledge sharing and networking opportunities are also scheduled, and further ideas for workshops are welcomed. The cost for the day is $25NZD (criteria apply).

For further information (and to submit an abstract for a 12-min presentation) see, or contact [email protected]

Wellington Restoration Day deemed a success.

‘Inspiring’ was the general feedback from many of the 150 volunteers attending Restoration Day 2016, Saturday 21 May. Community restoration groups and individuals from across the Wellington region converged on the Wairarapa to attend practical workshops on a wide range of restoration topics including fauna and flora assessment techniques, innovative wetland restoration, freshwater critters and habitats and community group restoration essentials.

Feedback from participants indicates attendees were delighted with the workshop diversity and the opportunity to learn new skills and benefit from the expert knowledge of staff from the Restoration Day partners.  In addition they gleaned first-hand practical knowledge from three successful restoration projects: Wairio Wetlands, Wairarapa Moana and the Mangaterere Stream catchment and Fensham Reserve, Carterton.

The event, featuring a key note speech from Massey University Senior Ecology Lecturer, Dr Mike Joy on the conference theme of ‘resilient restoration’ also offered many opportunities for participants to share knowledge and discuss a range of restoration and volunteering topics.

Restoration Day 2016 also had a particular focus on aquatic ecosystems as the event fell on International Migratory Fish Day. We held a series of workshops out in the filed on native fish identification, fish passage solutions and stream health assessment. In addition, workshops were offered on bio-blitz principles, citizen science tools for restoration, pest plant and animal assessment techniques as well as a variety of effective wetland restoration techniques. Groups that stayed indoors were treated to a range of workshops focused on keeping community groups and projects resilient and effective.

Greater Wellington Regional Council co-ordinated the event in Carterton, Wairarapa this year on behalf of Restoration Day partners: Department of Conservation, Wellington City Council, Porirua City Council, Hutt City Council, Kapiti Coast District Council, Victoria University of Wellington, Zealandia and WWF; in association with Nature Space. Restoration Day began in 1995 and has been run annually since 2001.

The Keynote presentation is available here

Other presentations are available here

Pictures from the Day are available here (Please note all photos are copyright Greater Wellington regional Council except for Wairio photos which are copyright Victoria University).

See you in 2017!

With thanks from the Restoration Day Organising Committee.

Quest for kiwi – a plea for community help

A nationwide citizen science project called ‘Quest for Kiwi’ has been launched seeking help from the community in recording kiwi sightings and calls. To take part,  go to and download the app so you can use your mobile phone to record what you see and hear when out in the bush.

Quest for kiwi is a joint initiative between the Department of Conservation, Kiwis for kiwi and NatureWatch and aims to clarify where kiwi are present or absent, providing a better understanding of where conservation efforts are most needed to ensure kiwi are protected for future generations. Several parts of the country are of particular interest, for example, Dargaville, Kaimai-Mamaku, Maratoto,  East Coast-Raukumara, Kaimanawa, Mohaka Waikariki, West Kaweka-Ruahine, Craigieburn and West Coast-Karamea but records from any part of New Zealand would be welcome.

There are many ways to identify kiwi – from their calls, feathers, probes, burrows, droppings or footprints. Record the evidence on phone or camera and upload onto www.naturewatch/ so your sightings can be verified. If you are not sure what you’re looking or listening for, go to for helpful information.