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Wellington Regional Restoration Day 2018

Restoration Day 2018 took place on Saturday 26 May 2018 at Silverstream Retreat, Lower Hutt. This annual event is a collaboration of organisational partners including DOC, City and District Councils, Zealandia, Forest & Bird and Victoria University.

This year’s event was attended by 200 delegates from environmental restoration groups and individual volunteers from the Wellington Region.

Our keynote speaker was Danielle Shanahan, Manager of Conservation and Research at Zealandia, talking about international conservation and the importance of people in achieving any form of conservation success.

We also had a pecha kucha round – short 6 minute presentations delivered by a range of restoration experts from agencies and the community. Presenters covered topics from GIS in conservation, to community group social media and myrtle rust. Field trips to three inspiring local community projects took place in the afternoon alongside a funding workshop and Ask the Expert session.

During the event we asked volunteers what they love most about their restoration work. See what they have to say here:


Below you will find links to the presentation slides and films for each presentation.

Keynote Speech

Danielle Shanahan, Manager Conservation and Research, Zealandia

Keynote speech: Conservation from wilderness to cities: it’s all about people

Lightning Round

Joakim Liman, Founder, Te Motu Kairangi-Miramar Ecological Restoration

Fifty shades of Green - Boosting plant diversity

Daniela Biaggio, Team leader Urban ecology, Wellington City Council

Environmental behaviour change

Bonita Gestro, Volunteer, GIS in Conservation

Geoenabling community-led conservation in NZ

Sally Bain, Volunteer, MIRO

ERAT achieving resilient communities through sustainable pest trapping practices

Penny Fairbrother, Senior Science Coordinator, Greater Wellington Regional Council

Toxic algae – Malignant menace or just misunderstood? And the importance of an informed and involved community for good environmental decision-making

Illona Keenan, Biosecurity Technical Advisor, Wellington City Council

The wonderful world of weeds.  What is good, bad and ugly and why

Paul Stanley Ward, Co-leader, Polhill Protectors

Conservation: The Facebook Frontier

Karin van der Walt, Conservation and Science Advisor, Wellington City Council

Myrtle rust and restoration

Funding and resources workshop

Colin Ryder, Treasurer for Friends of Baring Head among many other roles

Top tips for funding success

Brenda Smith, Chief Executive, Generosity New Zealand

Where to find funding

Alaina Pomeroy, Project Coordinator Restorative Water, Million Metres

Support for your waterways project

Angus Hulme-Moir, Senior Ranger Community Engagement, Department of Conservation

Resources to support the predator free NZ initiative

Where to next with Restoration in Wellington

Myfanwy Emeny, Open Space and Parks Manager, Wellington City Council

Where to next with restoration in Wellington


Thanks to those that came along and took part in the day. We hope to see you all again next year.

If you have any questions about Restoration Day or the above presentations, please do get in touch on the below details.

Restoration Day Organiser
[email protected]