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Wellington Restoration Day 2018: Connecting Communities – people, plants & pests

Saturday 26 May 8.30am – 5.30pm

Silverstream Retreat, 3 Reynolds Bach Drive, Lower Hutt, Wellington 5019

Restoration Day 2018 invitation (.pdf, 0.7MB)

Restoration Day is the annual conference for community groups and individuals involved in environmental restoration projects around the Wellington region. This event celebrates your restoration successes and provides opportunities to learn from other community groups and experts in the field.

This year’s regional event comes to you from the Hutt Valley. Join your fellow restoration volunteers in a day of inspiring talks, fieldtrips and workshops, delivered by a range of interesting speakers. This year we will also have a Pecha Kucha - a series of brief presentations on various topics relating to the theme.

Restoration Day 2018 will connect communities and conservation efforts around pest plants and animals, as well as providing updates on other issues affecting your region.

This year, for the first time, there’ll also be a networking hour between 4.30pm and 5.30pm. This is a chance for you to indulge in drinks and canapés and network with other restoration volunteers.

A detailed agenda of the day can be found here.

Register for Restoration Day


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There will be the opportunity for each delegate to attend one field trip only. Please book early to ensure you get the field trip you most want to attend.

Field trip 1 - Te Awakairangi/Hutt River

Just a short walk from the Silverstream Retreat is Te Awakairangi/Hutt River. The Upper Hutt Forest & Bird group have been restoring a section of the river bank over many years. Armed with long-term vision and a great deal of enthusiasm, the group have annually planted and nurtured native trees along a section of river bank, making for a fantastic spectacle of succession planting.

The field trip, led by community group volunteers, will start at Silverstream Retreat and take in sites along the way to the river.

Field trip 2 - Waiwhetu Stream

The Waiwhetu field trip will be part-led by the Friends of Waiwhetu Stream. You will take a walk along the riverbank seeing part of the restoration project and hearing about the significant amount of work the wider partnership has done to restore the area. This is a fantastic example of what can be done when volunteers, agencies and the local community work together to restore a stream.

You will also get the opportunity to find out about the new fish passage guidelines and learn how to identify and work around barriers to fish passage in streams near you.

Waiwhetu is just a short 10 minute bus trip from Silverstream Retreat.

Field trip 3 - Manor Park

Next to Manor Park golf course is a site that has undergone significant changes in recent years. Lower Hutt Forest & Bird volunteers have developed a boutique reserve of 3.5 hectares that is being intensively managed for pest animals, creating a haven for biodiversity. Recently, the site has become home to 62 skinks, translocated from a local site that was about to be built on.

Manor Park is a short 5 minute bus ride from the Silverstream Retreat. The trip will be led by Lower Hutt Forest and Bird volunteers.


Running concurrently with field trips will be two workshops. There is no need to book workshops as these will be open sessions.

Workshop: Ask the Expert!

Pecha kucha speakers will be sticking around for the afternoon session, to give you the opportunity to ask those burning questions. These knowledgeable community and agency experts will be able to enlighten us on a range of topics from myrtle rust to freshwater pests and using GIS in conservation.

Workshop: Funding and resources for volunteers

This engaging and interactive session will see grant givers and funding experts presenting on both fundraising successes, and applications that didn’t quite make the cut. Find out where to go for funding towards predator free initiatives as well as money and resources for planting.