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A critical part of People, Cities & Nature is the communication of research findings to people who can use them. These findings are presented through workshops, publications and presentations and are provided here for your information. Check back regularly to learn about the latest findings.


TAURANGA Urban Restoration Workshop
The Tauranga Urban Restoration Workshop was co-hosted by People, Cities & Nature and the Tauranga City Council on October 5th, 2018 at the local Historic Village. The day was…
HAWKE'S BAY Ecological Restoration Workshop
Fifty people attended the Hawke's Bay Ecological Restoration Workshop in Napier on the 2nd and 3rd of November 2018. The participants came from diverse backgrounds, including local councils, consultancies,…
CHRISTCHURCH Urban Restoration Workshop
The Christchurch Urban Restoration Workshop was co-hosted by People, Cities & Nature and the NZ Biological Heritage Science Challenge on June 7th, 2019 at Addington Raceway & Events Centre.…
HAMILTON Urban Restoration Workshop
The Hamilton Urban Restoration Workshop was co-hosted by People, Cities & Nature and the Waikato Biodiversity Forum on May 24th, 2019. The full-day workshop was attend by 90 people…
SOUTHLAND Native Plant Restoration Workshop
The Southland Native Plant Restoration Workshop was co-hosted by People, Cities & Nature and the Southland Community Nursery on April 5th, 2019. The full-day workshop was attended by 65…
NEW PLYMOUTH Urban Restoration Workshop
The New Plymouth Urban Restoration Workshop was held on November 22nd, 2019 and was co-hosted by People, Cities & Nature, New Plymouth District Council and Wild For Taranaki /…
NELSON AND TASMAN Urban Restoration Workshop
The Nelson and Tasman Urban Restoration Workshop was co-hosted by People, Cities & Nature, Nelson City Council and Tasman District Council on March 13th, 2020. The full-day workshop was…


Journal Articles

If you are unable to obtain full access to any of the following articles, please send us an email to request a copy ([email protected]).

Breed, M.F., Cross, A.T., Wallace, K., Bradby, K., Flies, E., Goodwin, N., Jones, M., Orlando, L., Skelly, C., Weinstein, P., & Aronson, J. 2020. Ecosystem Restoration: A Public Health Intervention. EcoHealth. Spinoff commentary:

van Heezik, Y., Freeman, C., Davidson, K., & Lewis, B. 2020. Uptake and engagement of activities to promote native species in private gardens. Environmental Management 66: 42-55.

Freeman, C., Buttery, Y., & van Heezik, Y. (2020). Complexity and flexibility: Interviews with three-generation families in their homesQualitative Research. Advance online publication.

Walker, E.T., Wehi, P.M., Nelson, N.J., Beggs, J.R., & Whaanga, H. 2019. Kaitiakitanga, place and the urban restoration agenda. New Zealand Journal of Ecology 43(3): 1-8.

Woolley, C.K., Hartley, S., Hitchmough, R.A., Innes, J.G., van Heezik, Y., Wilson, D.J., & Nelson, N.J. 2019. Reviewing the past, present and potential lizard faunas of New Zealand cities. Landscape and Urban Planning 192: 103647.

Wallace, K.J., Clarkson, B.D. 2019. Urban forest restoration ecology: a review from Hamilton, New Zealand. Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand 49(3): 347-369.

Wallace, K.J., Laughlin, D.C., Clarkson, B.D. & Schipper, L.A. 2018. Forest canopy restoration has indirect effects on litter decomposition and no effect on denitrification. Ecosphere 9(12): 1-14.

Anton, V., Hartley, S. & Wittmer, H.U. 2018. Evaluation of remote cameras for monitoring multiple invasive mammals in New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Ecology 42: 74-79.

Anton, V., Hartley, S., Geldenhuis, A. & Wittmer, H.U. 2018. Monitoring the mammalian fauna of urban areas using remote cameras and citizen science. Journal of Urban Ecology 4:1.

Wallace, K.J., Laughlin, D.C. & Clarkson, B.D. 2017. Exotic weeds and fluctuating microclimate can constrain native plant regeneration in urban forest restoration. Ecological Applications 27(4): 1268-1279.

Clarkson, B.D. & Kirby, C.L. 2016. Ecological restoration in urban environments in New Zealand. Ecological Management & Restoration 17(3): 180-190. An update, 2019: Ecological restoration in urban environments in New Zealand – UPDATE of EMR feature.

Towns, D.R., Miller, K.A., Nelson, N.J. & Chapple, D.G. 2016. Can translocations to islands reduce extinction risk for reptiles? Case studies from New Zealand. Biological Conservation 204(A): 120–127.


Freeman, C. & van Heezik, Y. 2018. Children, Nature and Cities: Rethinking the Connections. Routledge, 318 pages.

Policy Reports

Clarkson, B.D., Kirby, C.L. & Wallace, K.J. 2018. Restoration targets for biodiversity depleted environments in New Zealand. Report prepared for the Biodiversity Collaborative Group.

Relevant Reading & Tools

Melbourne City Council - Urban Forest
International example of good urban forest stewardship, for New Zealand councils to take note

The New Zealand Environment Guide
Provides practical information to assist individuals, community groups and businesses to more effectively participate in environmental management processes.

NZ Landcare Trust
NZ Landcare Trust works with farmers, landowners and community groups to improve the sustainability of our landscapes and waterways.

Nature Space Resource Centre
Information and resources for restoration groups.

Education and action group tackling NZ's weed problem. This website has useful information and opportunities to get involved.

New Zealand Plant Conservation Network
Comprehensive and accurate information to support the conservation of NZ native plants. Great plant identification resource.

Predator Free New Zealand
Information and support for pest control.

A Practical Guide to Trapping
Handbook produced by DOC

Regional guides for planting natives
Compiled by Trees that Count - find a guide for your region.

CommunityNet Aotearoa
Legal resources and advice for community groups.

Restoration Resource Center
From the Society for Ecological Restoration, the RRC is an international, interactive platform for knowledge exchange and learning in the field of ecological restoration.

National standards for the practice of ecological restoration in Australia
Including key guiding principles. Standards for New Zealand are expected in the next 2 years.

Auckland community ecological monitoring guide. A framework for selecting monitoring methods
Providing guidance on the best methods to monitor the health of ecosystems or ecosystem components that your community group is managing, restoring or studying.