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Wellington Restoration Day 2019

Restoration Day is the annual conference for community groups involved in environmental restoration projects in the Wellington Region.  This event was a great success, video from the event are available here.


Join your fellow restoration volunteers in a day of inspiring talks, field trips and workshops, delivered by a community of  experts.

Saturday 18 May, 2019
El Rancho, Waikanae, Kāpiti Coast
Theme: Caring for our Coasts

The full Restoration Day 2019 programme is now live!

And registrations are open! Hop over to the Eventbrite page to register

Registrations will close at 12 noon on Monday 19 April. Please register early to ensure you get your first choice of field trip.

Programme highlights;

  • Keynote Speaker Jim Dahm - an expert in coastal management and community restoration
  • Our popular ‘Lightening Round’ is back – 8 rapid-fire presentations covering a range of topics from carnivorous land snails to myrtle rust
  • 'Pick your Brain' session later in the day, allowing you to delve deeper with your chosen expert into the topic of their talk
  • A concurrent workshop session focussed on monitoring your project's success, called 'Making Dreams Come True'
  • Three Field Trips options - including one double length 2.5hr excursion to the Paekākāriki escarpment
  • A closing address from Dr. Huhana Smith, a leader in research that connects mātauranga Māori methods with sciences to actively address climate change concerns for coastal Māori lands in Horowhenua-Kāpiti.
  • The networking function is back between 4.30pm and 5.00pm. Grab your free drink, nibbles and mingle.

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  • Hop over to the Eventbrite page to register
  • You must select an 'Overall Registration' ticket to attend Restoration Day
  • You may also select a ticket to ONE of the three Field Trips offered. You cannot attend more than one. Please read their descriptions below before registering as some trips are longer than others. Register early to ensure you get your preferred field trip option
  • You may also select a ticket to the Networking Function from 4.30pm - 5pm, if you wish to attend this social event with drinks and nibbles
  • Due to high demand and limited capacity, up to 3 members from any restoration group are allowed to attend. You can only register for 1 person at a time. To encourage diversity consider encouraging new members, younger people or Restoration Day first-timers to represent your group



Please choose one Field Trip only to attend.

You will see from the event programme that workshops run concurrently with field trips. If you do not wish to attend a field trip and prefer to attend both workshops instead, then simply don't select a field trip ticket on the registration page. There is no need to register for workshops as these are open sessions.

Field Trip 1:

Paekakariki Escarpment Lizards is a 2.5hr session, departing the venue by bus. Nga Uruora Restoration group will guide you around their lizard garden on the Paekakariki Escarpment and explain their lizard conservation journey. Please note you cannot attend either of the concurrent workshop sessions if you select this field trip, but it will be a great field trip! It involves 40 minutes of steady walking and is not suitable for those with limited fitness or mobility.

Field Trip 2:

Waikanae Estuary Coastal is a 1hr session, departing the venue by bus. Hosted by the Waikanae Estuary Care Group, who have planted over 56,000 plants in the scientific reserve. Be guided through their vision to restore the estuary's natural successional processes while battling active coastal erosion and weeds. You will be able to attend one of the concurrent afternoon workshop sessions before or after your field trip - just chose on the day

Field Trip 3:

Waikanae River Oxbow Lakes is a 1hr session, departing the venue on foot. Kapiti Coast District Council Biodiversity staff will guide you around a unique wetland habitat restoration. This oxbow lake is a natural, sheltered river meander where maturing plantings shade a prime native fish spawning site. You will be able to attend one of the concurrent afternoon workshop sessions before or after your field trip - just chose on the day

All Field Trips involve some walking and require reasonable fitness, good footwear and warm/waterproof clothing.



What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

There is plenty of parking at El Rancho. Please consider carpooling. If you wish to take the train to Waikanae, buses will be available to the venue from the train station at 8.15am, returning at 4.30pm and 5.00pm. No bookings for these complimentary buses are required.

Is the event catered?

Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea will be provided as part of this free event. Gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options will be provided. If you have other dietary requirements, please note this on your registration form. A free non-alcoholic drink and nibbles will also be served between 4.30pm - 5.00pm as part of the Networking Function (separate registration required).

Can I register for more than one person?

You can only register for one person at a time. This allows us to collect accurate data on all attendees preferences, produce name badges and track numbers.

How many people can attend from our group?

We have limited spaces, so suggest that a maximum of three people per community group should attend the event. However, if someone from your group is presenting or providing support to organisers, they will be considered separate to the group and you can therefore have three additional attendees. To encourage diversity consider encouraging new members, younger people or Restoration Day first-timers to represent your group.

I have further questions. Who do I contact?

For further queries, please contact the event manager via email at [email protected]

Ka kite anō.

Reflect on 2018's event by revisit all the inspiring content here

Blogs from Wellington Restoration Day 2019:

Blog #1 Haere mai ki te Kāpiti – Welcome to Restoration Day on the Kāpiti Coast

Blog #2  Ruby Durran – A young person’s perspective on Restoration Day

Blog #3 Jim Dahm – Key Note Speaker Restoration Day 2019