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Event date:
Event location:

Kennedy Park, 11 Storkey Street, Napier
New Zealand

Event type:
Conservation area:
North Island
Bay of Plenty
Hawke's Bay

Estuaries and Wetlands - Ngā wairepo me ngā whanga

The theme chosen for this year's North Island Gathering reflects the importance of these special areas  for biodiversity, water quality, climate change mitigation, and flooding and storm protection.  

Estuaries and wetlands are vibrant ecosystems that provide vital habitats for a rich diversity of native plants, fish, birds and other species. They are home to many of our threatened species such as the Australasian bittern/matuku and wrybill/ngutuparore, as well as important feeding grounds for migratory birds like bar-tailed godwit/kuaka.

However, estuaries and wetlands have been significantly impacted by development, surrounding land use and pest species. New Zealand has lost 90% of our natural wetlands and many of our estuary edges. The impacts of climate change, including sea level rise, now further threaten many of these areas. But both have important roles to play in helping us mitigate and adapt to climate change - for example, estuarine habitats such as mangroves, saltmarsh and seagrass can capture 4-10 times more carbon than forests!

The Napier branch has been involved in protection and restoration of local estuaries and wetlands for many decades.

A great programme of speakers and workshops centered around the theme, as well as opportunities to catch up with fellow Forest and Bird members is currently being developed.  Expect to hear from some of the most prominent designers of wetlands in Hawke’s Bay as well as experts on the challenges of protecting the Ahuriri Estuary.

Saturday afternoon Field Trip
On Saturday afternoon, the programme will include visits to Waitangi Regional Park to view the newly developed Waikahu Wetland, as well as to the fantastic Ahuriri Estuary with its diverse birdlife.  There will be some uneven walking surfaces on rough ground - please wear sturdy walking shoes and bring a drink bottle and rain jacket for the field trips. (In the event of very wet weather, an alternative programme will be held at the venue)

The dinner on Saturday night will be another opportunity to relax and catch up with others from around the North Island, as well as enjoy a great speaker. We look forward to you joining us!

The programme will finish after lunch on Sunday. However, subject to interest, there may be an option to visit Little Bush Reserve (near Puketitiri) on Sunday afternoon (private transport or by arrangement) for those who are keen.


Full weekend - your registration fee includes all lectures, the Saturday afternoon field trip, 2 morning teas, 2 lunches, and Saturday night's dinner: $120 if paid by 19 October, $140 after 19 October.

For locals wishing to attend parts of the programme, we are also offering the following options:
- Saturday morning programme, morning tea and lunch: $40
- Sunday morning programme, morning tea and lunch: $40
- Saturday night dinner: $40

(The above costs also cover venue and equipment hire)

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Registration will be confirmed on receipt of payment.  Registrations close on 30 October 2020.


Please book your own accommodation, preferably on-site at Kennedy Park.
Kennedy Park offers a range of accommodation options to suit every budget including: motel units, villas, cabins, areas for campervans and campsites (see Kennedy Park has a dining room and bar facilities, and is a 20-30 minute walk to the main centre of Napier.

When booking at Kennedy Park please let them know:

  • That you are part of the Forest and Bird group.
  • If you will require breakfasts or a meal on Friday evening (at own cost).

We recommending booking your accommodation ASAP - we are aware of other events on in Napier that weekend and accommodation can be short in Hawke’s Bay. Some billeting may be available.

A flock of bar-tailed godwit (kuaka) in Napier shore


Internet banking
Account name: Napier Branch Forest and Bird.  Bank Account Number020700 0062528 00.
Please enter your first and last names in the particulars and code section, reference NI Gathering

Payment by cheque
Please make cheques payable to ‘Napier Forest & Bird’.  A postal address will be sent to you following receipt of your registration.

Refund Policy:  Registration will be refunded if cancelled by 30th October – after that date by negotiation.


If you have any questions or need assistance completing this form, please contact Lynne at

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