Our Activities and Events 

The Trust holds field days, workshops and presentations, all geared toward specific topics of interest.

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Past Events 

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Community Meeting - Hurunui Biodiversity Action    Waipara Memorial Hall, Wednesday 29th June

An open invitation to learn about and provide input into a new project: creating a resource to help landowners and community groups better manage and protect biodiversity across Hurunui.

More info and presentation on the Action Project page

Media release by Grant Mangin

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Rohe Koreporepo The Swamp The Sacred Place

 

June 16th Amberley School Hall

In the last 150 years, 90% of Aotearoa’s swamps and wetlands have been destroyed in the name of development. Wetlands support rich ecosystems, provide natural flood control and are significant carbon sinks. They have always been regarded as sacred places and mahinga kai food gathering places by Māori tangata whenua.

This documentary, by acclaimed Christchurch filmmaker Kathleen Gallagher, celebrates the efforts of 60 community kaitiaki/guardians around the country to restore and enhance those that remain today, and explains why they are vital for a healthy and balanced future on Papatuanuku/Earth.

After the screening public discussion was led by Greg Byrnes of Tūhaitara Coastal Park Trust, Greg Bennett of Coastal Restoration Trust NZ, John Preece local wetlands ecologist, Kate Steel Waimakariri District Council Biodiversity Officer and Kathleen Gallagher filmmaker.

Media release by Grant Mangin

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Native Shrubland Field Day May 2021

 

On the 25th of May the Hurunui Biodiversity Trust held a Native Shrubland field day out in near Scargill on the adjoining Chris Earl and Duncan Murray’s farms. The focus was on the QEII covenant block that runs across both properties in conjunction with the Scargill Creek. 

 

​Our inspiring panel of speakers were brilliant and covered aspects such as: planting, spraying, land management, shrub values and benefits and other general information. The most important message I took away from this field day were; firstly, the importance of famers and landowners to better understand their givens environments and the ecosystems that reside, because no two pieces of land are exactly the same and all require slightly different requirements/management. Secondly, it is vital that we farmers find a balance between protection and productivity, creating the "sweet spot" of having native shrub/forests amongst having areas of high productive land.

Notes from the address by Shawn Nicholls

Ruud Kleinpaste "Bugs & Biodiversity" March 2021

 

 

The ever popular “Bug Man” Ruud Kleinpaste brought his eclectic knowledge, electric passionate energy and such a warm heart when he came to the Waikari Hall to present “Bugs and Biodiversity” to a captivated audience of adults and children.

 

​We had an amazing turn out, though no surprise due to his popularity with kids and adults alike.

 

His talked touched on the importance of a process called "Biomimicry", which is the ability to understand nature’s processes and mimic them for our own utilizations as a society. He showed nature performing as a guide for humans to follow, emphasizing that we are a very young species in relation to life that has existed and evolved over millions of years. 

 

​There was also a strong emphasis on re-connecting the modern world with nature, the importance of nature literacy, and how reliant we are on other life for our own survival, as every biological organism, ranging from large mammals to micro-organisms, has its role to fulfil.

Notes from the address by Shawn Nicholls

Ngai Tahu Kaumatua Tā Tipene O'Regan, Nov 2020

 

 

Tā Tipene gave an interesting and thought-provoking address. His suggestion that defining biodiversity protection as a "one size fits all" absolute that can lead to unintended practical consequences, struck a chord with many.

His personal perspective as a Māori is that protection efforts should restore species to levels that allow evidence-based sustainable resource use, while respecting and incorporating the cultural/spiritual aspect of Māori relationships with the land.

Notes from the address by Shawn Nicholls

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Port Robinson Reserve Gore Bay, Oct 2020

Attendees at our Plant & Animal Pest Control field day enjoyed this beautiful reserve, extensively planted in natives by local volunteers. Speakers with a wealth of knowledge shared their experience and gave hands-on demonstrations.

Through organisations such as ECan and DOC, much has been achieved in the control of target species. Ian Hanken (DOC) and Noel Crump (ECan) stated they can only do so much with limited funds and manpower, so commended and encouraged community initiatives such as Jane Demeter’s “Bring on the Birds” trapping project around Gore Bay. The weed and pest threat to biodiversity is  daunting, but with high involvement at community level, energetic leadership and strong relationships with organisations supplying knowledge, strategies and funding, tackling that threat is do-able.

                                

Note from field day by Dave Nicholls

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Spring 2019: Field Day on Wetlands

On the dairy farm, “the Triangle”, sharemilker Nigel Gardiner is protecting a natural flax wetland, creating new wetlands, and doing extensive riparian and dryland native plantings. The property features one of the best remaining natural wetlands on the Amuri Plains and a 3.5 km section of Dry Stream with a population of endangered freshwater mussels (kakahi).  We visited these and other sites to learn about the values of wetlands and streams, options for protection and enhancement, and ongoing management challenges. 

               

Note from field day by Dave Nicholls

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Fools and Dreamers: the Hinewai Documentary,  Sept 2019

 Hugh Wilson has been the kaitiaki/manager of Hinewai for 30 years, overseeing the regeneration of native canopy through a minimal interference method, allowing invasive gorse to grow as a nursery plant for self-sown native trees.

At first people were skeptical of his plan, referring to it as something that only "fools and dreamers" would think of. Now, Hugh is considered a local hero, after giving life to more than 1500 hectares of native forest which is abundant with wildlife.

Our public screening was co-hosted with TimeBank Hurunui’s Learning Exchange at Amberley School. View the doco at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3VZSJKbzyMc

Winter 2019: Biodiversity in Hurunui
Then, now and what can be in the future.

Wednesday, 10th of July 7-8:30 Greta Valley Tavern

 

Two noted biodiversity experts Nicola Toki and Alice Shanks presented info and invited discussion on our native flora and fauna, some of which is unique and endangered.

 Nicola Toki slides

 Alice Shanks slides

 Field Day at Davaar, Greta Valley, March 2019

 There was a great turnout to our inaugural field day, supported by an impressive panel of speakers.  Dave Nicholls offered his farm, Davaar, as an illustration of the challenges and opportunities for farmers to enhance biodiversity, with specific focus on two steep and non-productive gullies. One was a gully in which stock had been excluded for the past 10 years, to allow natives to regenerate in conjunction with planted exotics. The other was a gully where little had been done to encourage biodiversity, so presenting a chance to debate about what the best approach might be.

Land Use Options

Notes from field day by Grant Hunter, FFA.

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