NOTE: Due to uncertainty around the Covid levels, the North Island Gathering has been postponed. Watch this space for updates on the new dates.
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.
Friday evening: An informal get together of branches at the Taradale Club for those who would like to join.
Saturday afternoon field trip: Buses have been arranged to go to Waitangi Regional Park, the newly developed Waikahu Wetland and Ahuriri Estuary: Field trips: please bring a personal filled water bottle, walking shoes, sunhat, sunblock, rain jacket and adequate clothing on these trips. Wet weather alternative - TBA
Sunday afternoon (optional): Please indicate if you would like to go to Little Bush (Puketitiri), depending on numbers we might arrange a van – it's about one hour drive away we won't return until later in the afternoon – weather depending.
Early bird $120pp if paid before Friday 22nd October and $140 after that date. Your registration fee will cover all lectures, the Saturday afternoon field trip, 2 morning teas, 2 lunches, and dinner on Saturday night.
Registration will be confirmed on receipt of payment. Registrations will close on Friday 12th November.
The Taradale Club does not offer accommodation although they do offer parking for motor homes at $10 a night. The Taradale Club offers a shuttle service to and from town. It is advisable to secure accommodation arrangements sooner rather than later
Cancellation Policy: Full refunds will be given if the event is cancelled due to Covid-19 restrictions, or if individual attendees cannot attend due to the Alert Level of their home region. If you need to cancel your registration for any other reason, full refunds will be issued up until the 12th November – after that by negotiation only.