Networking and special sessions

Virtual networking function | kindly sponsored by NIWA

Join us for some virtual networking. You will automatically be allocated to groups of 4 to have a chat for 5 minutes before moving on to the next networking group.

When: Monday 11 October 2021
Time: 4.45pm - 5.30pm

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Whakaora Te Ahuriri – A Wetland for Te Waihora | Documentary

Please join us for the first public showing of our documentary celebrating the creation of a constructed wetland in a culturally significant and internationally renowned part of Aotearoa New Zealand.

Come with us on the journey to discover the history from mana whenua (people of the land) and settler perspectives, the mahi (work) and challenges met, the outcomes and what the future might hold.

Te Ahuriri is close to Te Waihora / Lake Ellesmere in Selwyn District near Christchurch. Te Waihora is internationally recognised for its teeming flora and fauna. But there are big problems, mainly from historical land use including draining of wetlands. Whakaora Te Ahuriri represents one step towards addressing past mistakes and giving a helping hand with the wonderful restoration work undertaken by the Rūnanga (sub-tribes) of Ngāi Tahu (the largest tribe in Te Waipounamu / the South Island) and many others.

Whakaora Te Ahuriri is an excellent example of traditional knowledge and innovative science coming together, of a culturally-led project, of collaboration and consensus, and of a constructed wetland at landscape scale.

We hope you enjoy the documentary and celebrate its achievements with us.

When: Tuesday 12 October 2021
Time: 3.15 - 4.45pm

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Book launch | Te Reo o Repo – Kei konei tonu au: The Voice of the Wetland – I am still here.

Yvonne Taura & Bev Clarkson

Te Reo o Te Repo – Kei konei tonu au: The Voice of the Wetland – I am still here is the second volume of the Te Reo o Te Repo wetland handbook series published by Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research. The handbook continues to advocate the voices of our repo (wetlands) through the voices of our people by providing Māori values, knowledge, and perspectives from across Aotearoa New Zealand. Te Reo o Te Repo – Kei konei tonu au explains the cultural significance of repo that can help define priorities for wetland restoration. Join us for a cocktail hour event at the end of day two as we launch this book exclusively to conference attendees.

When: Tuesday 12 October 2021
Time: 6.00pm

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Whakahokia te mauri o Oporoa short film | kindly sponsored by Cawthron

Mātauranga Māori, history and science combine in “environmental storybook” of Lake Oporoa

Whakahokia te mauri o Oporoa is a short film that celebrates the commitment of Rangitīkei iwi to enhancing the life force and ecological health of Lake Oporoa. Ngāti Hauiti kaumātua Neville Lomax draws upon oral history in recounting the journey taken by Matangi — an early Māori explorer who traversed and named places in the Rangitīkei. Partnering with Ngā Puna Rau o Rangitīkei, Lakes380 scientists have analysed lakebed sediment cores taken from Oporoa, producing a reconstruction of the lake’s environmental history through to its present degraded state. The significance of raupō in oral history and its presence in the environmental history of the lake, as identified through analysis of the sediment core, provides a unique opportunity to explore the weaving of knowledge through its material, spiritual and cultural uses.

After we view the film together, director Charlotte Šunde (social scientist, Cawthron Institute) and Ngā Puna Rau o Rangitīkei project manager Reece Martin (Ngāti Whitikaupeka) are keen to engage with the online audience in an interactive Q&A session.

When: Wednesday 13 October 2021
Time: 2.30 - 3.30pm

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Rohe Kōreporepo The Swamp The Sacred Place | Feature documentary screening

Rohe Kōreporepo -The Swamp The Sacred Place tells about our soft, swampy, misty boggy places of water - springs, fens, bogs, and swamps. By turning our attention to our repo, our swamps, our sacred places, we are turning a key to help dig us out of the looming environmental disasters humanity faces.

Film premiere followed by Panel discussion with the film maker.

When: Wednesday 13 October 2021
Time: 6.00 - 7.30pm

Nationwide screening times

CHRISTCHURCH - Saturday 30 October 3.15pm, Isaac Theatre Royal

WELLINGTON - Saturday 13 November 4pm, City Gallery

NELSON - Monday 15 November 6.15pm, Suter

DUNEDIN - Saturday 20 November 3.45pm, Rialto


Networking function | kindly sponsored by Environment Canterbury

When: Thursday 14 October 2021
Where: Riverside Cantina, Christchurch
Time: 5.30pm
Dress: Casual
Tickets: Included for local delegates. RSVP is essential and numbers are limited. If you have not received your email please contact

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Virtual field trips | Learn about New Zealand wetlands

When: At your own leisure!
Where: Virtual wetland visits
Time: For the next three months
Dress: Raincoat or sun hat and gumboots + drink bottle - Fill it with your favourite water
Tickets: Free - Thanks to all organisations involved in the filming/editing and publishing of those videos

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Whakaata mai te Kūkūwai - Reflections from the Wetlands

When: 10 Oct - February 2022
Where: Tūranga, Christchurch's central library