River Restoration: From Mountains to Sea

Projects and programmes New Zealand (nationwide)

Posted: 05 March 2020
Notice reference #: 1HA67p

On this field trip to the Waikanae River in the Wellington region, you will join the programme to restore our rivers.

Kick-started by a government grant, iwi and communities are getting together with government agencies to begin new long term projects to make them healthy again.

This trip is a river journey from the mountains to the sea exploring how rivers work, what makes them dirty and what we can do to make them right.

During the field trip you will be able to:

  • Follow Shelley's tweets on Twitter
  • Journey to find the source of the Waikanae River
  • Follow the Waikanae River all the way to the sea
  • Learn about iwi who are mana whenua for the river, and their role as kaitiaki
  • Assess the health of the river
  • Visit the drinking water supply plant
  • Get your feet wet and find out what lives in the river and its margins
  • Go swimming, fishing, tubing, rafting, kayaking on the river
  • Help scientists and other researchers with data gathering to estimate populations
  • Be a citizen scientist and find, catch, identify, classify, record, and release river organisms
  • Put questions to freshwater scientists, river rangers and community activists
  • See first-hand the threats that rivers face
  • Get involved in river restoration including pest trapping and planting.

More at:

Events summary

New Zealand (nationwide)

31 March 2020 – 02 April 2020

Further information

Contact: Barrie Matthews

 (027) 223 0342