Blue Wellington: July 2009

03 Jun 2009

July Update:

This month’s BLUE WELLINGTON gathering (held on 1 July) was a goody, featuring an outstanding talk from intrepid Antarctic explorer Ross Bidmead.


 Ross gave a fantastic photo presentation (compiled with 9000 photos!) from his 3 week trip to Antarctica last Christmas. Absolutely stunning photos and tales of his (and his mostly Wellington tramping companions) voyage. Ohh to have a spare $16, 000 at hand!

 As usual the gathering also provided a good networking opportunity and the chance to sit in the comfy Southern Cross sofas and have a chat over a beer or a drink of some kind.


  •  There’s more planting sessions this month - check out the Blue Wellington google calendar on our web page.
  •  They’re here – Humpbacks and Sperm whales sighted off the Cook Strait. Check out the story in the Dom Post today for more.
  •  Makara stream in trouble? Friends at the Wellington Recreational Marine Fishers Association are up in arms over the ongoing degradation of the Makara stream due to the Meridian wind turbine construction. For more info. contact the Association’s vice president Jim Mikoz (Contact details available from Kirstie:


  • A must-see film! BLUE WELLINGTON will be hosting NZ’s 1st screening of the internationally acclaimed film “A Sea Change”. Mark 9 September in your diaries now! More promo to follow. 
  • Evans Bay beach and underwater clean up being planned – for more information or to get involved please contact us. 
  • Big South Coast Clean up – the Blue Wellington team are planning to stage a big coastal clean up from Makara to Owhiro Bay during the summer. A logistical minefield so all of you willing to get involved with planning please shout out. 


If you know of a marine conservation project or of any events coming up, please let us know and we’ll help promote them by adding to the Blue Wellington web site and spreading the word.

Email me at : 

If you are a community group that would like to advertise on the Blue Wellington site regularly, please let us know and we’ll give you access rights. 

Cheers all - see you over the month and at the August gathering. 

Kirstie and the team

 May Update:

This month’s BLUE WELLINGTON gathering, ran in conjunction with Green Drinks – an initiative of the Sustainability Trust, NZAEE, Sustainable Business Network and Intersect. It was a great turn out and a huge networking success. We have had more people join our group (bringing the email distribution list to over 130 people) and lots more suggestions on promoting and supporting project.

As the May gathering was a combined affair, we gave a brief presentation on Forest & Bird – who we are and what we do – plus an overview of Blue Wellington. I reiterate, Blue Wellington is about offering a supportive network and forum to existing community conservation projects in the region and identifying a shared vision for a healthier, Bluer Wellington. By increasing our knowledge, identifying successes, gaps and any problems, we hope to support and strengthen the work being done.


The Hector’s dolphins sighted in the harbour in January (Wellington’s first live sighting of this endangered cetacean) has been observed multiple times since and may even still be hanging around. The Department of Conservation managed to take a skin sample. We look forward to the results – will it be a South Island Hector’s dolphin or the critically endangered sub-species Maui’s dolphin?

Stalked jellyfish Be on the lookout for this possibly rare, certainly easily overlooked, tiny stalked jellyfish. It may be a new species. It has been seen only twice - on kelp (Macrocystis and Marginariella) in Stewart Island in 1998, and recently by NIWA’s Sheryll Miller on Cystophora in the Taputeranga Marine Reserve (good spotting Sherly). On both occasions photographs were obtained but no specimens. Dennis Gordon ( and Lisa Gershwin, a jellyfish expert in Tasmania, are writing a paper about New Zealand jellyfish and urgently need specimens of any stalked form (of which there are probably four species in New Zealand). If you do spot one, please remember NOT to collect from within the Marine Reserve – outside specimens only please.

A meeting is being held next week to discuss establishment of a ‘Friends of Taputeranga Marine Reserve’ group. If anyone is interested in coming along, please contact Colin Ryder at:

Underwater clean up at Mana harbour, organised by Kapiti’s New Zealand Sea Adventures, was a great, albeit “pea soup” success. Well done all those involved. We discovered that much of the rubbish collected had accumulated amongst the rocks at the harbour’s edge. When out and about check these areas and do your bit to keep our seas clean.

I need help! If you can spare just an hour or two a month and are keen support the organising team of Blue Wellington and the strategic planning team, please shout out. Contact Kirstie at: