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Restoration Day takes place in a different location in the Wellington Region each year, encouraging people to look outside their home areas and engage with a wider range of the conservation community.

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By Amy Brasch, Partnerships Ranger in Wellington.

Over 200 people recently attended the Wellington Restoration Day event in Pauatahanui. This year’s theme was “Connecting with Nature” with a particular focus on invertebrates.

Ruud Kleinpaste with a weta on his face.

The Bugman, Ruud Kleinpaste

Restoration Day celebrates the restoration efforts of the local community groups and landowners in Wellington and is a chance to learn new skills.

The event is a collaborative effort put together by DOC, local councils and other organisations and is held annually.

Restoration Day attendees.

Restoration Day attendees

The day kicked off with several inspiring speakers, including DOC’s Director General Lou Sanson, Ruud Kleinpaste (TV’s Bug Man), Dr. George Gibbs from Victoria University, and Hohepa Potini from Ngāti Toa.

Some of the day’s activities included field trips to Pauatahanui Inlet and Battle Hill where we were able to learn about the history of these ecological sites.

DOC Director-General Lou Sanson speaking at Restoration Day.

DOC Director-General Lou Sanson

The workshops during the day covered a diverse range of topics, such as: health and safety of volunteers, visitor experience, involving schools and landowners in projects, restoring special places and creating habitats for native species.

The day was a complete success with an amazing line-up of workshops and a good attendance by local community groups.

Worshop attendees at Restoration Day.

Lunchtime workshop

For more information regarding the workshops and the photos taken at Restoration Day visit the Nature Space website.

By Amy Brasch, Partnerships Ranger, Wellington

An island biosecurity hui was recently held on Matiu/Somes Island to review the best island biosecurity management practices, current biosecurity procedures, and to discuss methods for increasing awareness and participation.

Local iwi, DOC rangers, relevant community groups, island associates and media gathered on Matiu/Somes Island to review the importance of island biosecurity and discuss opportunities for strengthening procedures.

Emma Dunning (DOC) welcoming the visitors to Matiu-Somes.

Welcoming the visitors to Matiu-Somes

The hui was not only a great opportunity to hear biosecurity ideas and improve our practices, but also to share those ideas with our partners that help us care for these incredible islands. The reality is there will always be biosecurity risks to our islands.

Attendees of the biosecurity hui on Matiu/Somes Island.

Biosecurity hui

DOC Island Services Rangers and other DOC staff work hard to keep these islands pest-free by putting considerable effort into removing and controlling pests and carrying out appropriate quarantine measures on islands.

Pest plants and animals can have detrimental effects on native biodiversity, so it was great to partner up with local iwi and businesses to figure out ways to keep pest animals and plants off the islands together.

Matiu/Somes Island.

Matiu/Somes Island