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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.

Conference registration is now open

Our 2019 conference will bring coastal people together and take us to some stunning and interesting coastal places in the North Auckland region.

Conference registrations for our Living with Dynamic Shorelines Conference in Warkworth have just opened and if you want to take advantage of the early bird fee, book soon.

Find out more details on our conference page or go directly to the registration website.

2019 conference in Warkworth

For those of you who have been hanging out for the place and dates: Wednesday to Friday 27-29 March is when our next conference will be held in the Warkworth Town Hall.

In addition there will be a DUNES101 course the day before the start, i.e. Tuesday 26 March.

The conference will be a mixture of indoor presentations (Wednesday and Thursday) and fieldtrips (every day). There will be a conference dinner on the Thursday.

Watch the conference page for the programme, registration details and more information as it comes to hand.

Biodiversity workshops in Wellington Region in August and September

NOTE: change of date Lower Hutt

Biodiversity connects us all, and Greater Wellington wants to build a more connected approach to it so that we can all be more effective. Greater Wellington wants to work with others who protect and manage biodiversity to review what’s been achieved so far, and provide the means to build on it together. With your help, it will be possible to collaborate on the design of a shared framework.

Each workshop will have a keynote address followed by discussion on:

  • The strengths of our biodiversity community
  • Existing strategies, projects and resources
  • The challenges and possible opportunities
  • Ways to improve on our work in the region

Dates, times and venues:

Kāpiti Coast
Wednesday 15 August, 5:30pm - 7:30pm at Kāpiti Community Centre

Monday 20 August, 10:00am - 12:00pm at Wikitoria Katene Building, Whitireia College

Wednesday 5 September, 5:30pm - 7:30pm at Silverstream Retreat

Wellington city
Wednesday 5 September, 10:00am - 4:00pm at Te Wharewaka o Pōneke

Email the Greater Wellington BioDiversity Team with the location to confirm your place: Enable JavaScript to view protected content.

Wairarapa workshops in Featherston and Masterton will be confirmed soon.