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Kahutara kids caring for Onoke Spit


[Onoke Spit is one of the places we visited on our Wonderful Wairarapa field trip in March this year!]

Forty hard working Kahutara School pupils joined a community group last Friday to work on a native planting in one of Wairarapa’s toughest environments – Onoke Spit.

Kahutara School pupils have been involved for the past eight years in weeding and mulching the Onoke Spit plantings and putting new native plants in the ground that are suited to the environment.

This year the pupils, the friends and staff from the Department of Conservation and Greater Wellington Regional Council planted 400 taupata, salt-marsh ribbonwood, oioi (jointed rush) and harakeke (flax).

The low growing plants and open sand provide breeding habitat for native banded dotterels, Caspian terns, white fronted terns, variable oyster catchers and the occasional little blue penguin.

For the full story go here.

Encourage Coastal Restoration in Wellington Survey

Wellington Regional Council is asking what people want to see happen in its regional parks. There are discussion documents to help you answer the questions, but if you don’t have time to go through them you can just give your opinions in the general questions. The parks that are on the coast are Queen Elizabeth Park, Whitireia Park and East Harbour Regional Park.

Ask the council to do more on coastal restoration. You can refer them to our website for information and support if you like.

Go here to get started. Feedback survey closes on 29 June.

Castlepoint Community Planting Day 16 June

A planting day will be held at Castlepoint Scenic Reserve on Saturday the 16th of June, 9-3pm.
We visited this reserve on our Wonderful Wairapa Fieldtrip on 25 March, following our conference in Petone. It is a stunning place and you may want to go for a weekend (if you are not a local). Help out with the planting of pingao and spinifex one day and relax and be a tourist the other.
Please make sure you register when you arrive and sign out when you leave.


Coastal hazards and climate change: Guidance for local government

The Ministry for the Environment has published this guidance document for local government organisations. A series of workshops is being planned for this winter to help implementation. The guidance document and some additional information can be found here.

Registration closing for Wellington Restoration Day

Restoration Day is the annual conference for community groups and individuals involved in environmental restoration projects in the Wellington region. The event celebrates your restoration successes and provides opportunities to learn from other community groups and experts in the field.

This year’s regional event comes to you from the Hutt Valley. Join your fellow restoration volunteers in a day of inspiring talks, fieldtrips and workshops, delivered by community experts. This year we will also have a Pecha Kucha - a series of brief presentations on various topics, presented by a range of interesting speakers. For a detailed agenda of the day, please visit naturespace.

Restoration Day 2018 will connect communities and conservation efforts around pest plants and animals, as well as providing updates on other issues affecting your region.

Networking hour will take place between 4.30pm and 5.30pm. Go to the bar for your free drink and canapés and network with other restoration volunteers. Both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages will be available. ID shall be requested should you look under the legal drinking age.

The last day for registration is 12 May. Go here to register

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