Wellington Restoration Day 2017

Restoration Day is an annual event, running in the Wellington region for over 20 years. This year’s theme is Next Generation Restoration; aiming to inspire ecological restoration groups to embark on new projects and embrace the 'next' phase of restoration.

Come along and celebrate the efforts of community led restoration, learn something new, share your ideas and experience with others, and enjoy your time seeing Porirua during the fieldtrips.

Date: Sunday 21 May 2017
Time: 8:30 am – 4:40 pm
Venue: Whitireia Community Polytechnic, 3 Wi Neera Drive, Porirua


Register for Wellington Restoration Day 2017.

Registration has been extended to Sunday 14 May 2017. Spaces are limited so register now to reserve your place for this special event. 

Refer to the schedule while registering for workshops and field trips. Confirmation of your booked workshops will available at ‘check in’ on the morning of the event.

If you have questions about the schedule, email Greater Wellington Regional Council at [email protected] or call our Contact Centre on 0800 496 734. We will email you if any changes are made to the schedule or if we have important information.


On arrival to Whitireia campus follow the signs to the Wikitoria Katene building to check in. Refer to the Whitireia campus map and Whitireia website.

8:30 am Check in
9:00  Mihi
9:15 Welcome and Housekeeping
9:30   Key note speaker – Sam Judd
10:15 Health & Safety legislation update
11:00  Workshop 1
11:50 Workshop 2
12:40  LUNCH
1:45 Workshop 3
2:30  AFTERNOON TEA and load up buses for the Historical Bus Tour field trip 
3:00 Load buses for other field trip
3:15 On-site fieldtrip
4:15 Return from field trips
4:25 pm Closing remarks


  • You can attend 3 workshops in total (with 5 to choose from)
  • The workshops run 11:00 am – 2:30 pm with a lunch at 12:40 – 1:40 pm

1. Revisiting plant/animal pest control

Presenter: Greater Wellington Regional Council Biosecurity team

Description: This workshop will update you on current plant and animal pest news, monitoring methods, eradication techniques and available resources for managing them.  The first half of the workshop will focus on pest plants, and the second half on pest animals. Participants are encouraged to ask questions about problematic pests that they need help identifying or controlling.

2. Involving young people

Presenter: Enviroschools

Description: Young people are our next generation of volunteers. Schools, scouts and other groups of children and youth are actively seeking out opportunities to be involved in community restoration. Find out how to connect with these groups and keep young people excited and involved in your restoration project.

3. Connecting neighbours in predator control

Presenter: Kelvin Hastie and Predator Free Plimmerton

Description: These keen trappers will share with you how they started their community groups, their funding model, and their data so far and what this data tells us. They will discuss how to work with volunteers and establish trapping networks in communities, as well as some of their future plans. For new trappers, they will introduce traps and tips.

4. Identifying and monitoring local lizards

Presenter: EcoGecko (Asha Fernandez)

Description: Familiarise yourself with lizards that you may come across while working in the Wellington region. Gain skills to better survey and monitor these species, and learn the law around handling and working them. Find out how your group can help lizards, including habitat enhancement, pest control, advocacy and education.

5. Incorporating threatened plants

Presenter: Wellington City Council (Anita Benbrook)

Description: So you have achieved canopy closure – what do you do next? This workshop will discuss the missing and threatened plant species of Wellington’s forests and foreshores, successful emergent tree planting, site selection and ideas on how to monitor your success using case studies from existing community groups and Wellington City Council planting sites.

Field trips

  • You can attend 1 field trip in total (with 4 to choose from)
  • The field trips run at 3:15 pm – 4:15 pm (with the exception of field trip 4 – Historical Bus Tour which will begin at 2:30pm)

1. Restoring lizard habitat (buses load at 3:00)

Presenter: Whitireia Park Restoration Group

Location: Whitireia Park

Description: New Zealand lizards, especially ground dwelling species, need your help. Gain some practical tips and hands on experience from experts on the ground. Learn how to survey and monitor native lizards, how to develop approaches to pest control and about habitat modification to support increased lizard abundance.

2. Involving young people (buses load at 3:00)

Presenter: Environmental educators (Becky McCormak & Zoe Studd) and Titahi Bay North School students

Location: Kahotea Stream

Description: This field trip will break into groups and rotate around three workshops. Kahotea Stream Care will share their success stories of engaging different groups in pest control, growing plants, and site maintenance. Healthy Harbours Porirua will introduce you to their monitoring resources for kids. Titahi Bay North School students will impart their knowledge of the area and show you how to monitor fresh water invertebrates.

3. Rongoā mai, Rongoā atu (begins at 3:15)

Presenter: Sharlene Maoate-Davis and Hemaima Wiremu

Location: On-site at Whitireia campus

Description: Rongoā is the traditional Māori body of knowledge for restoring balance, equilibrium and peace within the physical and non-physical dimensions. Rongoā is more than native plant medicine, it is a spiritually based discipline that is learned and handed down inter generationally, over a lifetime.  Similar to the days of old, traditional healers today utilise many elements from nature to assist in restoring health and maintaining wellbeing within our society. In this introductory workshop, you will be invited to explore some of fundamental elements of Rongoā - Māori healing including native plant medicine.  

4. Historical Bus Tour (buses load at 2:30)

Presenter: Ngāti Toa

Location: Tour around Porirua

Description: Hop on board and see the stunning scenery of Wellington’s West Coast, and discover the fascinating history of Ngāti Toa Rangatira iwi on the bus tour.  Hear legends and stories about landmarks, significant tipuna, fierce battles, key families, and the building of an innovative industry.

Register for Wellington Restoration Day 2017. Registration closes Sunday 7 May 2017.