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Hauraki Gulf Marine Park Conference on 27 August

Join the Hauraki Gulf Forum on Tuesday 27 August 2019 at Auckland’s War Memorial Museum / Tāmaki Paenga Hira to take forward the Hauraki Gulf Forum’s recently announced recommendations for the Marine Park:

● That at least 20% of the waters be protected; and
● That 1000sqkm of shellfish-beds and reefs be restored.

From late morning into the early evening, the Forum’s flagship public annual event will feature headline expert speakers, panel debates, facilitated breakout sessions, the annual Holdaway awards, and a genuine participatory process designed to bring forth the best ideas from all participants and ensure that all voices are heard. Download the programme.

Buy your tickets here:

Not For Profit seminars in Christchurch

Not For Profit Solutions runs seminars in Christchurch. These are free for NFP organisations, but others may be able to attend for koha. Lined up are the following ones:

Wednesday 14 August (morning): Introduction to Social Media for Community Organisations

Wednesday 14 August (afternoon): Increasing Engagement on your Organisation’s Page

Monday 2 September: Employment Law - a Complete Journey

For more information and to book, visit their website.

Planting Day at Castlecliff, Whanganui

Castlecliff Coast Care planting in 2018Castlecliff Coast Care planting in 2018Castlecliff Coast Care has many Community Planting Days during the winter. Here are the details of the next one:

Date: Sunday 25th August

Time: 10.30am to 12.30pm with lunch to follow

Meet at: Duncan Pavilion, Rangiora Street, Castlecliff, Whanganui

Additional information: We’ll be planting on the rear dunes. Dress for the weather and sturdy shoes are required. Bring gloves, a spade and newspaper too if you can.

Contact Graham 027 222 8378 for any queries

Help wanted for South Westland Coastal Clean-up.

The Department of Conservation needs your help to clean up the litter released from the Fox Glacier Landfill before the spring rains come and wash the litter into the ocean, and the marine reserves inhabited by Hectors dolphins and penguins.

We need at least 90 volunteers a day to help alongside DOC and the Defence Force and can provide accommodation and food in exchange for your efforts. If you can come for a number of days and have some time off, or want to take the long road home, there is much to see and enjoy around Fox Glacier.

The South West of New Zealand is one the great natural areas of the world. It is internationally recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Within this area lies Westland Tai Poutini National Park. From mountain to sea, it has landscapes of untouched beauty and is a stronghold for rare plants and animals living in a range of habitats.

  • The only naturally occurring population of the nationally vulnerable rowi/Ōkārito brown kiwi (New Zealand’s rarest kiwi) occurs within the Park, confined to an area of lowland forest near Ōkārito and surrounds.
  • Ōkārito Lagoon is famous for the stunning kōtuku/white heron.
  • The threatened kāmana/crested grebe, can be found on Lake Māpōurika
  • The wetland systems near the Ōkārito and Pouerua Hāpua/Saltwater lagoons are nationally and internationally important for their freshwater and estuarine conservation values.
  • Kea are common throughout the park, and the forest is alive with birdlife.
  • The nationally endangered the South Island Hector’s dolphin is found along the West Coast’s amazing coastline

More information and how to register can be found on our website

Spring floods are our concern, and we really need to get as many people as possible out on the river helping to clear the litter as soon as possible. The marine wildlife and iconic West Coast beaches are at risk if we don’t clear it in time.

Onetangi Beach Dune Planting

Onetangi Beach Dune Restoration‎ is having a planting day on Sunday 2 June from 9:30am at 135 The Strand in Onetangi, Waiheke Island.

Cyclone Cook and foot traffic have hammered the dunes over the last 18 months and they desperately require extensive replanting. They would love some help.

This is a great excuse for a trip to Waiheke Island, especially if you haven’t made it there before. Make it a long weekend!

Contact them on 027 256 0581 or send a message via their Facebook page if you need more information.