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Carbon Calculator reduces environmental foot print

Tane’s Tree Trust has recently launched its Carbon Calculator, which helps you calculate how many native trees you need to plant to counteract your environmental foot print. You can also calculate how much CO2 your planted trees are removing or will be removing in the future. There are many examples and explanations of how this works.

Start calculating and plant some trees!

Seaweek 2020

Kia ora koutou Ocean Lovers and Seaweek Supporters,

Ready, Set, GO! Mark your calendars because Seaweek is happening from Saturday 29th February to Sunday 8th March 2020! We have some announcements to share with everyone, the first one being this year’s theme:

Connecting With Our Seas
Ko au te moana, ko te moana ko au - I am the sea, the sea is me

This sentiment highlights the diverse connections and interactions we have with the sea which makes our lives so intertwined with the health of our ocean environment.

Go to the website or Facebook to keep an eye on how this week is going to shape up.

Tauranga Forest & Bird Dune Restoration Field Trip

On Sunday 8 December Forest and Bird Tauranga will host a dune restoration field trip

Learn about Protecting our Dunes

With Greg Jenks (MNZM), a leading NZ expert on dune systems and restoration techniques. See what a successful restoration looks like!

Meet outside the Papamoa Surf Lifesaving Club, Papamoa Domain at 10am

We will also be travelling to Mt Maunganui (own car). Finish time approximately 12:30pm.

Please book with Kate: Enable JavaScript to view protected content. or 021 657344

If you want to spread this event information, here is a PDF.

Coastal Heritage Sites at Risk

Coastal Heritage Sites at Risk

Brooke Tucker and Professor Atholl Anderson examine site stratigraphy during an excavation to salvage eroding archaeological material on Whenua Hou/Codfish Island. Photo: Johannes FischerBrooke Tucker and Professor Atholl Anderson examine site stratigraphy during an excavation to salvage eroding archaeological material on Whenua Hou/Codfish Island. Photo: Johannes FischerCoastal movement and erosion are serious issues for the preservation and management of cultural heritage in this country. Numerous archaeological sites throughout New Zealand, particularly areas of first settlement, are situated on coastlines and at estuaries and river mouths. Over the last two decades, Brooke Tucker (currently an archaeology PhD candidate at the University of Otago) has worked on many coastal sites where pre-contact Māori archaeology has been exposed and damaged by erosion.

Integrating cultural and environmental management practices in coastal landscapes can be mutually beneficial. As the archaeologist for the Whenua Hou Diving Petrel project (run by Johannes Fischer, Victoria University of Wellington), Brooke has recently been monitoring dune movement on Whenua Hou/Codfish Island where erosion threatens both the diving petrel colony and several previously recorded archaeological sites. This work identified accelerated erosion (both tidal and riverine) at a significant archaeological site on the island. In September 2019 a salvage excavation took place, revealing several layers of both pre-contact and historic occupation and dense deposits of archaeological material. Analysis of this rescued material will contribute to our understanding of New Zealand’s past.

Conference registrations for 2020 are now open

Registrations for our conference in Southland (Coastal Treasures of Murihiku Southland 18-20 March) are now open. There is a reduced rate for early birds and if you want to join our post-conference Stewart Island trip it is especially important to book soon.

For information and a booking link go to our conference page.