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Wairarapa Conservation Week 2021

There’s a range of activities happening for Conservation Week across the Wairarapa – get involved, there’s something to suit everyone. Go along to an art exhibition, workshop, guided walk or evening talk with one of our environmental experts. Connect with nature, get inspired and learn how you can make a difference to our environment!

Capturing student voices for Conservation Week

Term 3

Wairarapa Schools and Early childhood Centres are invited to display poems, artworks, conservation posters and videos that fit in with the theme of ‘take a moment for nature’.

These artworks will be displayed at the Conservation Week Art Exhibition at Carterton Events Centre and Waihinga Centre in Martinborough.

For more information contact Gill Stewart gill.enviroschools@gmail.com or Emilie Neubauer wairarapaearthschool@gmail.com

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Conservation Week Art Exhibition – Carterton

30 August – 6 September | 9.30am – 5.00pm | Carterton Events Centre | Free

This art exhibition will feature local and international artists who find their inspiration in our nature. A wide range of artwork will be shown (paintings, photography, jewellery, wood burning, etc).

Local students’ work showcasing their thoughts on conservation and climate change, will be on display at the art exhibition.

Sustainability Workshops – Carterton

30 August – 6 September | 10.00am and 1.00pm | Carterton Events Centre | Free

Climate Change Advisor Melanie Barthe, is hosting daily workshops on a variety of topics to help you create a healthier more sustainable home. Come along and learn about the newly released Healthy Home Kit and why is it important to have healthy soil, how to measure your carbon footprint, create healthy compost and make your own Tawashis (Japanese zero waste scrubbing sponge).

See the Climate Change Wairarapa Facebook page for workshop details

 

A snapshot of conservation messaging past and present at ConArt Masterton

1 – 12 September | Open Wednesdays to Sundays, 10.30am – 3.30pm | ConArt Masterton | Free

Come along to ConArt to see a snapshot of conservation communication in Aotearoa, past and present. Decades-old conservation posters kindly on loan from Alan Fielding will be displayed alongside the artwork of local school students to celebrate taking action for nature.

Conservation Q&A at Pūkaha National Wildlife Centre

4 – 12 September | All day | Pūkaha Visitor Centre | Free with General Admission

Visit Pūkaha and leave any question about nature on their conservation message board to have it answered by an expert!

Sustainable Food Production Conference

3 September | 6.30pm – 9.00pm | Carterton Events Centre | koha entry

Greg Hart (Mangarara farm) and Helen Dew (Carterton resident) will explain how to sustainably produce healthy food in a large farm or a smaller urban section. Kai provided by Wairarapa Earthschool (fundraising).

O’Connor’s Bush Guided Walks

4 September | 10.00am | Greytown Soldiers’ Memorial Park, Greytown | Free

Friend’s of O’Connor’s Bush invites the public to an open morning with guided walks at O’Connor’s Bush. Please meet at the tennis courts. Drive or walk into the park via the main entrance and turn right at the end.

 

Film: High Tide, Don’t Hide

5 September | 4.00pm | Regent Theatre, Masterton | $20

High Tide, Don’t Hide is a unique take on the Student Strike for Climate Change (SS4C) here in New Zealand. The film was an award-winning stand-out entry in this year’s Doc Edge Film Festival – a moving and compelling film in its own right but what is more the producer, director, cameraman and editor lives here in the Wairarapa and will be there in person at this generous opportunity for a pre-release screening. Phil Stebbing has had been involved in a wide range of also award-winning films in his 30-year career in movies for the likes of the BBC, Discovery Channel and National Geographic.

There will also be the opportunity to discuss the film and possible actions here in the Wairarapa over a pizza over the road at Iberia.

Book your tickets through Chris Peterson at chrisp@wise.net.nz or on 0212433414.

 

Nature Close Up: Hands-on workshops at Pūkaha National Wildlife Centre

5 September, 11 September | 10.00am – 10.45am | Pūkaha ngahere (forest) | Free with General Admission

Experience two different hands-on 45 minute workshops. On the 4th, learn all about what’s in our soil, how to trap insects and more. On the 11th, learn about plant identification and how to properly plant trees.

Ōkorewa Lagoon Fish Monitoring

5 September | 8.45am | Ōkorewa Lagoon, Lake Ferry | Free

The South Wairarapa Biodiversity Group invites the public to their regular fish monitoring and water testing session at Ōkorewa Lagoon. Come along to see what they find and learn about the group’s restoration project.

To get there, continue past the Lake Ferry Hotel on a short unsealed track that leads past a cliff on the left and to a parking area next to the lagoon. Look out for us further along the lagoon, but if your car is 2WD, it is best to park in the parking area.

Please note that once we have measured and counted the fish we trap, we will release them. That is to minimise stress. Please make sure that you are there by 8.45am so you don’t miss out.

For more information, contact Jane Lenting at swbg@xtra.co.nz

Nightlife at Fensham

6 September, 8 September, 10 September | 7.00pm | Fensham Reserve, Carterton | Free

After dark is a great time to observe insects! Calling all keen photographers – Forest and Bird need you to help monitor and identify insects at Fensham.  Photographer volunteers are invited to come on a guided walk after dark to see what they can record. Each insect will have one of its photos uploaded to iNaturalist to be identified.

There will be three nighttime events, one on each of 6th, 8th and 10th September, with the following night as a reserve in case of bad weather. Cameras will need an enabled GPS location capability, and you will benefit from having both a headlamp and a torch. Besides that, wear stout footwear and warm clothing.

Meet at the reserve at 7pm. There is a maximum of six volunteers per night. As for expectations, we have no idea what we will find, so help us explore.

Contact Pat McLean at mojomclean@gmail.com to book a spot on the 6th, 8th or 10th September.

Henley Lake Wetlands Guided Walks

7 September, 10 September | 2.30pm | Henley Men’s Shed carpark | Free

The Henley Trust invites the public to join guided walking tours on the paths around the Henley wetlands and learn about the trust and wetland restoration. Copies of the trust’s book “Henley Lake – Wasteland to Wetland” will be available for purchase. For more information contact Tom Ward at trward@xtra.co.nz.

The White Continent Conference

11 September | 6.30pm – 9.00pm | Waihinga Centre, Martinborough | Koha entry

Nick Golledge (Victoria University) and Richard Levy (GNS Science) will explain their research in the White Continent to understand climate and sea level rise and how it impacts our region.

Conservation Week Art Exhibition & Student Voices – Martinborough

11 – 15 September | 9.30am – 5.00pm | Waihinga Centre, Martinborough | Free

This art exhibition will feature local and international artists who find their inspiration in our nature. A wide range of artwork will be shown (paintings, photography, jewellery, wood burning, etc).

Local students’ work showcasing their thoughts on conservation and climate change, will be on display at the art exhibition.

Sustainability Workshops – Martinborough

11 – 15 September | 10.00am and 1.00pm | Waihinga Centre, Martinborough | Free

Climate Change Advisor Melanie Barthe, is hosting daily workshops on a variety of topics to help you create a healthier more sustainable home. Come along and learn about the newly released Healthy Home Kit and why is it important to have healthy soil, how to measure your carbon footprint, create healthy compost and make your own Tawashis (Japanese zero waste scrubbing sponge).

See the Climate Change Wairarapa Facebook page for workshop details

 

Film: Breaking Boundaries

12 September | 4.00pm | Regent Theatre, Masterton | $20

Breaking Boundaries is David Attenborough’s latest film following on from last year’s “A Life on our Planet”, his acclaimed ‘witness statement’. In unflinching detail this film outlines the catastrophic consequences of anything but drastic and urgent climate change action. Based on Johann Rockström’s landmark nine planetary boundaries science research, this film sounds the alarm like never before. The question is: will we listen?

There will also be the opportunity to discuss the film and possible actions here in the Wairarapa over a pizza over the road at Iberia.

Book your tickets through Chris Peterson at chrisp@wise.net.nz or on 0212433414.

 

He aroha whakatō, he aroha puta mai

12 September | 10.00am – 3.00pm | Lake Domain, Soldiers Settlement Road, Featherston | Free

Pae tū Mōkai o Tauira invite the community to a weeding and planting day at their Hugelkultur plot. Come along to learn about Hugelkultur and enjoy a picnic bbq. Please bring gloves, a bucket, weeding tools and a picnic blanket.

Contact Pae tū Mōkai o Tauira for more information at pae.tu.mokai.o.tauira@gmail.com.

 

Talk: Catherine Knight, writer, author and environmental historian

19 September | 2.00pm | Venue TBC | Koha

Catherine Knight is an acclaimed and award-winning author of several influential environmental books including ‘New Zealand’s Rivers: an environmental history’ and ‘Nature and Wellbeing’. Catherine is also a senior associate at Victoria University of Wellington’s Institute for Governance and Policy Studies and speaks authoritatively on that other issue of our time, water, which is of significant relevance right now to us here in the Wairarapa.

For more information, contact Chris Peterson at chrisp@wise.net.nz or on 0212433414.

 

Talk: Kevin Hackwell, Forest & Bird Chief Conservation Advisor

26 September | 2.00pm | Venue TBC | Koha

Kevin Hackwell is a longtime national advocate for Forest & Bird and key researcher of the recent study on how our native forests could possibly become significant carbon sinks if introduced browsing animals, deer, goats, pigs and possums, were eliminated, helping New Zealand to reach its 2050 net carbon neutral goal. Kevin will also talk about the currently highly controversial Significant Natural Areas.

For more information, contact Chris Peterson at chrisp@wise.net.nz or on 0212433414.