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We are excited to announce the date and agenda for the combined Landcare Networking and Biodiversity Forum Field Day, to be held at Lake Ngaroto on Friday the November 23rd, 2018.

Please see the attached PDF below for all the details, and feel free to spread it to any interested individuals or networks.


Please RSVP by 15 Nov 2018 to either:
Bala Tikkisetty, WRC, ph 0800 800 401 or email 
Nardene Berry, NZ Landcare Trust, email 

RSVP by 15 Nov 2018 to either:

Bala Tikkisetty, WRC, ph 0800 800 401, 

Nardene Berry, NZ Landcare Trust, 


Look forward to seeing you there!





Landcare Networking Day_23 Nov 2018 Final.pdf

Vacancy for Biodiversity Officer at WRC + Hamilton News Highlighs Biodiversity Community Groups

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Vacancy for Biodiversity Officer at WRC

Waikato Regional Council (the main funder of the Waikato Biodiversity Forum) is recruiting for a Biodiversity Officer in our Natural Heritage Team, due to one of our staff moving across into a new position in the Biosecurity Animal Pests Team.

This is a fulltime role suitable for someone with an ecology/environmental science degree and at least 5 years’ experience in biodiversity management. Ideally, the candidate would have practical experience and knowledge in all aspects of ecological restoration including developing ecological restoration plans, working with community conservation groups, plant and animal pest management, providing technical advice and running our Small Scale Community Initiatives Fund.


It’s a great role, within a small but well-connected team and you get to work all over the Waikato region with a good mix of office and field work.


If this sounds like you, please check out the role description and information here:,8325.html


Applications close 15 October.


Happy to talk further and provide more detail



Judy van Rossem  Biodiversity Project Manager | Natural Heritage, Integrated Catchment Management
WAIKATO REGIONAL COUNCIL | Te Kaunihera ā Rohe o Waikato
Take a look at the work we do
P: +6478590893 


Please click this link to read the above article from last weeks Hamilton News.

The piece highlights the important work of a number of community groups involved in Kirikiriroa's biodiversity protection and enhancement mahi. Thanks to you all for making Hamilton beautiful!!

Thanks also to Moira Cursey for penning the draft and Kim cable from Community Waikato for the editing and publishing it.





September Forum Newsletter, Conservation Week Animations & Forest and Bird Gathering

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Kia ora,

Please find the September edition of the biodiversity Forum Newsletter attached below. Thanks to all the contributors. Enjoy the read!

Waikato Biodiversity Forum Newsletter September 2018 Number 59.pdf


DOC's Conservation Week Animations - Please Spread the Word!

Please find the links to our Conservation Week animations. We’d love it if you could share one or more across your social media channels. Please use the hashtag  #ConservationWeek and tag @docgovtnz in your content so we can see what everyone is up to. 

Benji Bat:

Kimi Kokako:

Koro Kauri:

Moana Dolphin:

Tina Tuna:

Wiremu Weta:


Thanks for helping us spread the Conservation Week message!


Forest and Bird North Island Gathering 2018

Event date:

Friday, 28 Sep 2018 4:30pm - Sunday, 30 Sep 2018 5:00pm

Event location:

Aongatete Outdoor Education Centre, Katikati, Tauranga
New Zealand

Conservation Week Stakeholder Event Invite - Sun 16th Sep, 1-3pm

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(click on image to enlarge and zoom)

It’s a really exciting celebration we are planning for our regional community with Joe Harawira (link to RNZ interview), Storyteller extraordinaire, performing, Clare St Pierre sharing how her community group managed to prepare Pirongia and the surrounding areas for the arrival of kokako, as well as Paula Southgate talking engagingly and knowledgeably about the environment.

There will be an opportunity to hang out with the Conservation Dogs, network, and for the kids, to make models of their favourite species from our team of animations.

Free trap packs will also be available, with the tunnels produced through a partnership with the Department of Corrections.


So, please encourage your favourite people to RSVP



CW 2018 Stakeholder event invitation .pdf

Jane Hughes
Waikato Ranger, Community – Kaitiaki, Āo Hāpori
Regional lead Conservation Week 2018
Waikato District, Kirikiriroa~Hamilton
Department of Conservation - Te Papa Atawhai
DDI: +64 7 838 5695; VPN: 6495; M: 027 536 6872


Newsletter Reminder, Annual Report + Plant Conservation Awards

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Newsletter Reminder

I have been requested to extend the submission date to the start of next week, so please send in your newsletter articles by; Monday the 3rd of September, for the September edition of the forum newsletter. Approx 150 words with a photo.


Waikato Biodiversity Forum Annual Report 2017/2018 

Annual Report from the Waikato Biodiversity Forum 2018.pdf


Plant Conservation Awards 2018

I encourage you to submit a nomination if you know of someone (young, old or in between), or a group, or plant nursery, or agency who should be acknowledged for their efforts and interest in the conservation of New Zealand native plants.  

Nominations close 5th October (nomination form is attached – this can be returned by email or snail-mail), and the awards will be presented at the NZPCN AGM in Wellington in November. 

NZPCN AWARDS 2018 Nomination form.pdf

Catherine Beard, 

Department of Conservation | Te Papa Atawhai


Conservation Week, Kauri Dieback Meeting & Arthur Hinds Student Scholarship

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Support Conservation Week

If groups or individuals are keen to support "Conservation Week", DOC can provide key artwork, messages, posters, hashtags,  list events on our website; and possibly share content on our social media channels.  We hope they will come on board and help us to spread our message while telling their story

Conservation Week is Calling 2018 Information for Partners (1).pdf

Please see the attached file above for more info.

Jane Hughes

DDI: +64 7 838 5695; VPN: 6495; M: 027 536 6872



Kauri Dieback Public Meeting

The Kauri Dieback Programme invites you to a public meeting about the National Pest Management Plan for kauri. This plan will set out rules under the Biosecurity Act 1993 for more consistent and effective management of kauri dieback disease nationally. We want your input to ensure we’ve got the right plan to protect kauri into the future.

Public meetings

Here are the locations, times and venues for public meetings we’d like to see you at.





Kokako Lodge

235 Falls Road


Saturday 1 September

6.30pm to 9.00pm


Thames War Memorial Hall

Corner of Mary and Queen Streets

Sunday 2 September

6.30pm to 9.00pm


Waikato Regional Council offices

401 Grey Street

Monday 3 September

6.30pm to 9.00pm


Katikati War Memorial Hall

Main Road

Tuesday 4 September

6.30pm to 9.00pm

Why are we asking you to get involved?

We think you have an interest in strengthening protection for kauri. And protecting kauri requires a collective effort.

We received lots of excellent ideas and feedback for the future management of kauri dieback disease in the first consultation round. But we need you to tell us if we’re on the right track and have reflected these ideas in the refreshed strategy and the National Pest Management Plan. We’d also like you to tell us what you think of our ideas for the management agency (the organisation) that will implement the plan.

 How to get involved

The second round of consultation is open from 20 August to 10 September 2018. If you can’t make a public meeting, or even if you do, you can still make a submission. The information we want your feedback on will be live on our website on 20 August 2018, when the consultation is open. We’ll let you know when it’s ready.

For more information about the consultations this year and to download a poster promoting them that you can share, You can also email us at if you have any questions.


Arthur Hinds Student Scholarship

The Arthur Hinds Student Scholarship has been launched, in recognition of Arthur’s legacy, passion and dedication to conservation and his years of contribution to Waikato and Coromandel communities.

I encourage you to share this scholarship with your networks and any tertiary student that has a connection to the Coromandel area, and currently studying natural resource management-related programmes – this scholarship is based at the Whitianga office and will be working with the Coromandel DOC staff over summer periods. Arthur was passionate about conservation and supporting young people’s learning about it. 

For more information on the scholarship, follow the link below. 

DOC Website:


Conservation Week is Calling 2018 Information for Partners (1).pdf

Biodiversity Forum Newsletter Item Request

Posted 2 years, 9 months ago    0 comments

Kia ora koutou,

The days are getting longer, it will soon be spring and it’s time again for the Biodiversity Forum Newsletter. I am requesting items for a September edition to be emailed in by the 31st of August.

Items should be 150 words max and include a photo.


Look forward to receiving your articles,


Raglan Event Report

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Kia ora,

Attached below is the Report from the 2018 Raglan forum event, which highlighted some of the fantastic projects and supportive community in that part of the region.

Raglan Event Report 2018.pdf

Photo: Landcare Trust
Photo: Landcare Trust