People, Cities & Nature
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, QEII National Trust, community groups, EIT and NZ Landcare Trust.
The event was opened by Professor Bruce Clarkson who provided an introduction to ecological restoration and was followed by Plantings team leader, Dr. Kiri Joy Wallace who discussed helpful ecological concepts for building forests in the city. The group was then treated to a moving talk from Des Ratima who discussed Māori perspectives on healing of the land and people.
Day 1 was wrapped up by an introduction to native plant identification from programme manager Catherine Kirby and a stimulating field trip to the local Dolbel Reserve where many aspects of ecological restoration with discussed and debated.
Day 2 began with an introduction to the flora of the Hawke's Bay from Professor Bruce Clarkson who was followed by a great snapshot of Gerard Henry's lengthy experience of native plant propagation. The afternoon covered pest plants and pest animal with the Conservation Company's Kay Griffiths.
The workshop was very engaging with both the presenters and participants commenting on the quality of the group discussions.
This event was co-hosted by People, Cities & Nature and the Eastern Institute of Technology (EIT) with support from the Environmental Research Institute, University of Waikato.
See videos and pdf slides of the presentations below.