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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.

Voices from the Sea: Book Launch: Wellington

The Environmental Defence Society invites you to join the author Raewyn Peart and the Minister of Fisheries, Hon Stuart Nash in launching our latest publication in Wellington.

Raewyn was the keynote speaker at our conference in Whitianga in 2015. Her presentation of that time can be found here.

Details of the book launch:

Date: Monday 9 April
Time: 5.15pm – 7.00pm
Venue: Buddle Findlay, State Insurance Tower, 1 Willis Street, Wellington

The event is free to attend but RSVP is essential as places are limited.

You can register here.

If you can’t make it to the launch but would like a copy of the book, you can purchase it here.

Hutt City Council and Greater Wellington Regional Council Premier Sponsors

We are pleased to announce Hutt City Council and Greater Wellington Regional Council as Premier sponsors for our 2018 conference in Petone.

Hutt City Council is hosting us in their area, have been the key to organising the conference and will be taking good care of us during our time there

Greater Wellington Regional Council is a partner of our trust and many of their staff will be attending the conference to learn and to share about coastal management.

Come join us for three days (or more!) of learning about what is happening on the Wellington coastlines and further afield and share experiences with other coastal enthusiasts.

Go to our conference page for more details.

NIWA's National Riparian Restoration Database may need your help

Some of you will have been involved in riparian planting along your coastlines. NIWA is doing a survey to find out what, where, how and how effective those plantings have been.  They ask groups to help and will set out the results in a new database. Read NIWA’s request here:

Many hundreds of Kiwis have invested time and energy into restoring New Zealand streams by riparian fencing or planting.

NIWA has begun a project to understand more about the investment Kiwis have made so we can help build better support for riparian restoration in future. We also want to learn more about how stream ecosystems recover after riparian restoration so we can give better guidance on how to design restoration projects so they give the best results for water quality and aquatic animal communities.

To do this we have created the National Riparian Restoration Database (NRRD). We hope this database will become the main source of information on what riparian restoration work has been done around New Zealand. We will use it to develop our research on stream restoration processes, which will involve volunteer “citizen scientists” (yes, we will be looking for people to take part!).

For this we need your help. Would you give 5 minutes to fill out our NRRD online survey at and also forward this information to anyone you know who has been involved in riparian fencing or planting? No fencing or planting work is too old – in fact for us, old is gold!