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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 representing iwi, non-profit organisations, community groups, five different North Island councils, contractors, the Department of Conservation, the University of Waikato and Wintec staff and students, as well as members of the general public.

It was a fascinating event with seven quality presentations (see below) in the morning and a field trip to Waiwhakareke Natural Heritage Park in the afternoon where discussions included:

  • Planting strategies, tips & hints
  • Ecological restoration research - how it is done
  • The unique challenges and opportunities of urban predator control
  • Detection dogs for freshwater management
  • Insects and microbes in restoration
  • Urban weed management

Image credit: Sarah Busbridge, Monique Hall


Collaborative urban restoration research
Bruce Clarkson

Cross-sector partnerships
Eva Collins

Kaitiakitanga and urban restoration
Erana Walker

Introduction to Waiwhakareke Natural Heritage Park
Leigh Cornes

Building forests in the city
Sarah Busbridge

Urban predator control
John Innes

Aotearoa’s conservation community hubs
Monica Peters - slides not available sorry