Community Notice

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

New Zealand garden bird survey

The New Zealand garden bird survey is on again to the 2 July. The survey helps build a picture of birdlife across New Zealand. More people who take part a better picture is created so you can help out by taking part and encourage others to join in too.

Find out how to do the survey

Find more information and actives on the New Zealand garden bird survey website

Matariki Native Tree Giveaway from Trees That Count

To celebrate Matariki, Trees That Count are giving away 300 native trees to seven groups across New Zealand – each winning group representing one of the seven Mataraki stars. It’s really easy to get involved, just fill in entry form and briefly say why your group should win.

Entries are open to community groups, schools or non-profit organisations.

 

WWF Funds opening 1 July

The WWF Habitat Protection and Environmental Education Action Funds 2017 Round 2 open on 1 July and close 31 July.

We have revised the application process, so please ensure you use the updated application forms on the WWF-New Zealand website and read the guidelines carefully.

We require copies of your organisation’s health and safety policy and project specific health and safety plans to be submitted with your application.

Only fully completed 2017 Round 2 forms saved in Word document format will be accepted.

Landcare Trust survey for people working with Landcare and Community groups

You still have time to share your thoughts about the level of support and the kind of resources that are available to Landcare and Community Groups in New Zealand.

NZ Landcare Trust is carrying out a survey of people working with Landcare and Community groups. So if you have an opinion we’d like to hear from you. The online questionnaire should take approximately 5 mins to complete and can be accessed from the NZ Landcare Trust website:

The deadline for completing the questionnaire is Sunday 25 June.  We look forward to hearing from you.

Īnanga Spawning Community Day Kauaeranga Visitor Centre

Get out and get involved in this brilliant conservational project! Īnanga are one of the 5 species of native fish whose young are also known as Whitebait. Īnanga make up about 95% of the whitebait but their populations are unfortunately declining!

Find out more about the event on the Īnanga Spawning Community Day facebook event page.

Tutukaka Coast kiwi avoidance training for dogs

When: 2nd of July
Where: Tawapou on the Tutuakaka Coast
See Dog Aversion Training event page for more information

WWF Māui Dolphin Challenge

You can save the last 63 Māui dolphins!

We need amazing nature lovers like you to get on board and take up WWF's fundraising challenge to help save these tiny rare dolphins.

Three steps to take up the Challenge

If you’re ready to take up the Māui dolphin challenge, follow the steps below…

1. Pick a challenge! You can choose anything you like – as long as it’s 63 of something.

Stuck on challenge ideas? Here are some quick-fire challenges. Remember, the harder the challenge is the more people will want to get behind you!

  • Run, walk, or cycle 63km of coastline or over a weekend (optional: dressed as a dolphin)
  • Bake and sell 63 cupcakes
  • Pick up 63 bags or 63kgs of rubbish off your local beach one weekend
  • Give up takeaway coffee for a week or 63 days and donate all the money you would have spent to the challenge

2. Set up a fundraising page on Everyday Hero and invite your friends to sponsor you.

3. Spread the word! Tell the world about your fundraising on Facebook or Twitter. You could even make a short film to inspire other people! Check out Ela Gale’s video from last year.

Can't take a challenge yourself?

You can still be involved by supporting another challenge! Take a look at our other challenges, pick one you like, and sponsor them - every dollar counts!

For more information go to the WWF Maui dolphin challenge page

Transforming Biodiversity Conference 2017

There has been a great amount of interest from a wide range of people wanting to know more about what we are learning from the Cape to City and Poutiri Ao ō Tāne projects. 

Cape to City will be hosting a three day national conference - 'Transforming Biodiversity: Challenging the Boundaries' -  on 14-16 November 2017.  The conference will be held at the Napier Conference Centre in Hawke’s Bay.

This is an opportunity to find out detail about what we have been learning over the last four years in large scale ecological restoration and landscape scale predator pest management. 

Cape to City and its sister project Poutiri Ao ō Tāne will be key topics and the conference will include presentations and field trips to both project.

For more information and to Registor see the Transforming Biodiversity Conference 2017 page.

Gene Drive talk: a new type of pest control - Wellington and Carterton

On 28th July Professor John Knight will be speaking at the Aro Hall @7.30pm about a genetic tool for pest eradication known as Gene Drive.  He will also be speaking at the Carterton Events Centre on the previous evening, July 27th @7.30pm.  

The gist of gene drive is adults that are fully fertile but only producing male offspring will drive this character through the entire population and ultimately cause it to crash.  Mice are considered a good species to try this on initially as, being small, they are hard to trap and reinvade pest free areas more easily than any other pest species. The effect of gene drive would be gradual.  Predators such as stoats and ferrets that depend on the diminishing target species for food will slowly reduce in numbers so prey switching to birds should be minimised.

Today we rely on poisons, traps, disease and shooting to reduce pest numbers.   There are always a number of bait shy, trap shy and disease resistant animals that survive and help the population recover, requiring the whole pest eradication process to start again.  With gene drive a species could be humanely taken to extinction. 

This is a complex subject, with many questions to be answered.  Prof. John Knight has been promoting gene drive for 20 years.  Professor Sir Alan Mark says gene drive “provides the greatest hope for turning back the relentless and debilitating tide of invasive mammalian pests in New Zealand”.  

To learn more about gene drive come along to hear Prof. John Knight speak. In contrast to relying on existing methods, gene drive offers a real possibility of NZ eventually becoming predator free.

Julia Stace
[email protected] 
Another Aro Valley Restoration Project Initiative

For more information about the Carerton event contact Pat McLean on [email protected]

Greater Wellington Regional Council planting programme presents Spade Aid

Boys planting trees

Come help us plant 5000 trees in 4 hours

Queen Elizabeth Park: Mackays Crossing entrance
July 2nd 10am -2pm

Things to bring:

  • Warm clothes
  • Sturdy footwear
  • Spade (if you have one)

We will provide:

  • Plants
  • Free sausages
  • Live music

Check out our other planting dates at www.gw.govt.nz/volunteer-to-help

Greater Wellington Regional Council planting programme presents planting in the park - Queen Elizabeth park

Come along and join the Friends of Queen Elizabeth Park and Raumati South Residents Association for a morning of planting trees.Boys planting trees

Sunday 23rd July
Meet at Tilley Road entrance - Paekākāriki

Sunday 6th August
Follow signs from Poplar Ave. entrance - Raumati South

Sunday 13th August
Follow signs from intersection of Whareroa Road and Te Ara o Whareroa shared path

  • Join us anytime between 9.30am and 12noon
  • Morning tea provided
  • Please bring appropriate footwear and warm clothes
  • Wet weather cancellations – 0800 496 734 or check the Greater Wellington Regional Council Facebook page

Event poster (.pdf, 1.33MB)

"Taonga Kanuka" Raumati South Residents Association, Friends of Queen Elizabeth Regional Park Kapiti Trust, Greater Wellington Regional Council

Bay Conservation Alliance General Manager vacancy - Bay of Plenty

Bay Conservation Alliance is a newly incorporated society and registered charity, formed by four established community conservation groups in the Bay of Plenty region. Our purpose is to support and help expand the existing work of our members and develop new, larger, landscape-scale conservation projects.

We are now looking for an exceptional, passionate individual to lead our new organisation and to determine the development and direction of Bay Conservation Alliance (BCA).

BCA will assist largely volunteer-run ecological restoration/conservation community groups by providing a professional support team tasked with ‘taking the load’ off volunteers so that they can get on with practical field work.  As a newly formed entity, the GM will take the lead in shaping BCA and its future. The GM will work closely with our board and members to develop effective relationships with volunteers, community organisations, local and central government agencies, iwi, and businesses to further the objectives of the alliance.

Although we are looking for an experienced leader and manager; it is important that this is a practical, hands-on role – our ideal candidate will be as comfortable presenting in the boardroom as they are knee-deep in a wetland restoration project! The GM will share our values, continually demonstrate enthusiasm for our purpose; and be relentlessly determined to achieve.

To be successful, you will need a degree (or equivalent) in a natural science or environmental conservation/management related field, and 5-10 years of relevant management and leadership experience, preferably in the field of environmental conservation.

This role will initially be a fixed term appointment of 12 months, with further extension available. We anticipate this to be a full-time role; however, we are open to flexible working arrangements for the right candidate. This may include an initial requirement to work from home while establishing the organisation.

Remuneration of between $65-80k depending on skills and experience. An appropriate vehicle is available

If you have a passion for conservation and are a proven leader, seize this ‘start-up’ opportunity to help develop an organisation designed to deliver benefits to the environment and the community.

Applicants should have NZ residency and a good knowledge of and passion for the native biodiversity of Aotearoa New Zealand.

To request a full Job Description and application protocol write to Julian Fitter at:  [email protected]  attaching a current CV.

If you or anyone you know is interested please apply by Friday June 30th

For further information on BCA visit: http://www.bayconservation.nz/about/bca/

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: www.nrc.govt.nz/pestcontrolhub

 

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.

WHO IS THE PROGRAMME SUITABLE FOR?

  • 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.

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 https://grow.treesthatcount.co.nz/getinvolved
  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 

 

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.

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: identifyanimals.co.nz
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!

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 http://naturewatch.org.nz/projects/quest-for-kiwi 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/org.nz/projects/quest-for-kiwi/ so your sightings can be verified. If you are not sure what you’re looking or listening for, go to https://www.kiwisforkiwi.org/about-kiwi/kiwi-facts-characteristics/ for helpful information.