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July 2022


July 2022

Firth of Thames Wader Census

Sunday 3 July 2022

Whether you are highly experienced or brand new you’ll be welcome. Email for more details. From the Pūkorokoro Miranda Shorebird Centre

Muriwai - vehicles on beaches. Have your say

Sunday 10 July 2022

Review of east coast tarakihi sustainability measures

Tuesday 12 July 2022, 12:00pm - 5:00pm

Fisheries New Zealand is consulting on changes to catch limits for the east coast tarakihi fishery. We invite feedback from tangata whenua, stakeholders, and the public on the proposed changes.

To read more and/or submit your views go here.

July Winter Planting Day on Castlecliff foredunes, Whanganui

Saturday 16 July 2022, 1:30pm - 3:30pm

WHAT: Castlecliff Coast Care Community Planting Day

WHEN: SATURDAY 16 July, 1.30 to 3.30 pm

WHERE: Park on Morgan Street, walk to planting area on the foredune

WHY: Planting native sand binders, Spinifex and Pingao reduces sand blowing onto Morgan Street. Afternoon tea provided courtesy of Castlecliff 4Square and Tahu Drinks.

More information

Coastcare Coordinator position available for eastern Coromandel

Tuesday 19 July 2022, 3:50pm

Waikato Regional Council and Thames Coromandel District Council are seeking registrations of interest for a Coastcare Coordinator in the East Coast region.

The Coastal Restoration Coordinator (East Coast) contract will drive and support coastal restoration programmes, by collaborating with Iwi, coastal restoration groups, and the public. The role will provide technical advice for restoration activities, coordinate working bees and plant orders with community groups, and place orders for plants and other related materials for the Coastcare programme, while providing regular progress reports to key contacts at Thames Coromandel District Council (TCDC) and Waikato Regional Council (WRC).

In this role you will promote the Coastcare and Coastal Restoration programmes and will work with a broad range of stakeholders, including WRC & TCDC staff/contractors, Coastcare coordinators, local iwi, rural and suburban communities, pest plant control contractors, nurseries, and other local government representatives.

What we need
• Honesty, enthusiasm, accountability, respect and teamwork are considered core competencies for all WRC and TCDC Contractors.
• The nature of this work means that the contractor may need to occasionally work evenings and weekends to fit in with community group needs (attend group meetings etc.).
• Applicants will need a moderate level of fitness to engage in working bees and other activities

Go here to find out more.

Deadline for questions is 9 August at midday.

Deadline for Expressions of Interest is 16 August at midday.

Waipū Sandspit dune planting

Wednesday 20 July 2022, 9:00am - 3:00pm

Meet at Waipū Beach Cove carpark at 9am sharp.
4km walk / beach clean to planting site.
3pm finish back at car park.

Please come prepared with covered footwear, sun hat, coat and drinking water. Spades and gloves are provided but if you have your own, please bring them!

For more information on any of these events, please email:

Matapouri planting day

Tuesday 26 July 2022, 9:30am

9.30am start. Park at end of Morrison Road Matapouri and meet down on beach.
Followed by shared kai/BBQ on beach.
In case of stormy weather / heavy rain, the postponement date is Wednesday 3 August 2022 at 9.30am.

Please come prepared with covered footwear, sun hat, coat and drinking water. Spades and gloves are provided but if you have your own, please bring them!

For more information on any of these events, please email:

Free webinar: The Way Forward - Te Anga Whakamua

Thursday 28 July 2022, 7:00pm

Weaving Mātauranga Māori and indigenous knowledge with western science for positive outcomes for te moana.

This webinar will highlight the significance of combining indigenous knowledge - derived from centuries of observations explained through connections with place & how things interact - with scientific techniques & technology.

This webinar will be moderated by Alison Ballance, a former producer of Radio New Zealand’s weekly science and environment programme ‘Our Changing World’. She brings her passion for meeting and interviewing passionate people, sharing their knowledge and stories, as well as her background as a zoologist, wildlife filmmaker, writer and radio producer, to name a few.

To read more and to register go here.

Canon grant applications close on 29 July

Friday 29 July 2022

Over the past 16 years, Canon Oceania has supported more than 80 schools, not-for-profits and community groups with over $450,000 in monetary and product support – all in the spirit of Canon’s guiding philosophy of Kyosei (meaning living and working together for the common good).

The 2022 Grants will be awarded under the following categories:

  • 1 x Community Grant – NZ $5,000
    • Open to a range of organisations keeping their community at the heart of what they do, ranging from not-for-profits and grassroots groups, to environmental causes and educational centres for children and adults alike.
  • 1 x Education Grant– NZ $5,000
    • Open to schools and other educational centres for children and adults alike.
  • 1 x Environment Grant – NZ $5,000
    • Open to not-for-profits and organisations dedicated to raising awareness of the protection of the environment or promoting sustainable practices.

Submissions are open now until Friday, 29 July. Application forms are available here

Whanganui Coastal action plan: community conversation

Saturday 30 July 2022, 12:00am - 5:00pm

Whanganui District Council is developing a Coastal Action Plan for the areas from the North Mole to Kai Iwi.

More details and a survey is here:


Some drop-in sessions are being held in June.

Issues that you may want to raise:

  • Vehicles on beaches and dunes
  • Dogs (on or off leash)
  • Cats (that come in especially during the night)
  • Weeds and pests
  • Sand sweeping at Castlecliff carpark
  • Replacement of the buildings (surf club and Duncan Pavilion)
  • Iwi uses and tikanga. Kai moana
  • Paths
  • Noise
  • Native birds, plants, lizards, insects, ecosystems etc. Biodiversity.

It was emphasised that they don’t just want to hear about the problems but also how you would like to see the area(s), i.e. solutions.

Hawke's Bay Regional Council Coastal hazards consultation

Sunday 31 July 2022

Hawke’s Bay Regional Council is asking for feedback on The future of their coastline.

Climate change is causing sea levels to rise, and severe storms are occurring more frequently. Over time this puts hundreds of millions of dollars of public and private assets at risk.

This is an emerging problem so there is uncertainty about how fast we need to respond to these challenges.

Read more about the problems and possible courses of action.

The feedback period end on 31 July.

Biosecurity Awards close Sunday 31 July

Sunday 31 July 2022, 5:16pm

Not long left to enter the NZ Biosecurity Awards

If you’ve been putting in the hard yards to keep Aotearoa safe from pests and diseases, we want to know about it! We want to hear how your planting, trapping, programmes, innovation, technology, and mahi supports our biosecurity system.

Entries for the New Zealand Biosecurity Awards close Sunday 31 July - you have two weeks to get your entries in!

If you’re still thinking about your entry, Dr Ed Massey, Chair of the Biosecurity Awards judging panel, has shared some tips to writing a great one:

  • Tell us about your organisation, project, initiative – who is involved, what you have been doing and most importantly why and how it does it support biosecurity in New Zealand.
  • Tell us what you have achieved and how you measure success.
  • Judges can only evaluate on the information given, so be full in telling your story in your application – make the most of the total word allocation.

Find out more about the Award criteria


Finalists will be announced on Wednesday 21 September.

All finalists receive two tickets to a special awards dinner and ceremony in Auckland on 31 October. The BioHeritage Challenge Community Award and New Zealand Biosecurity Kura (School) Award finalists will also have their travel and accommodation costs paid for, with the winners of each receiving a $2,500 cash prize.

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Please shoulder tap any individuals, groups or organisations you think deserve recognition for the work they’ve done protecting our biosecurity system, by sharing this email.

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