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.
Danielle Shanahan, Manager Conservation and Research, Zealandia
Keynote speech: Conservation from wilderness to cities: it’s all about people
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