Native species thrive where we live, work and play

Conference Programme









Tuesday 14 November: Day One – The big picture 

“Why is transformational change for biodiversity necessary?”

Ka mate kȧinga tahi, ka ora kāinga ruaThere is more than one way to achieve an objective

Day one will build the strategic context and the change required to achieve the vision “Native species thrive where we live, work and play”. Speakers from across New Zealand will talk on a range of topics including:

  • What is the role of farmland in restoring New Zealand biodiversity particularly in terms of predator pest management and habitat restoration?

  • What are key elements for Māori leadership and participation?

  • What is the potential role of policy and statutory mechanisms like Regional Pest Management Plans and biodiversity strategies?

  • What might be the role of catalytic or one off investments to transform New Zealand’s predator pest and habitat restoration picture?

  • How do we integrate predator pest management across sanctuaries, urban areas, public conservation and private land? What are the benefits and challenges of doing this?

  • How can environmental education help normalise community behaviours that benefit biodiversity?

  • What is the critical role of research and how does research in Cape to City and Poutiri Ao ō Tāne align with the Biological Heritage National Science Challenge?

Wednesday 15 November: Day Two – Research and operations

“What is the pathway to the vision?”

Ma tini ma mano ka rapa te whai - Many hands make light work. Unity is strength. Set the overgrown bush alight, and the new flax shoots will spring up

Day two will focus on transferring the wide range of research and operational knowledge from projects like Cape to City and Poutiri Ao ō Tāne. Key Topics will be:

  • What is the pest management technical context and pathway to land scape scale predator control on farmland that Cape to City is exploring? How does this affect pest operations on the ground?

  • What is the role of technologies like wireless trap monitoring?

  • What research is being done around New Zealand and how is this directly relevant to the delivery of land scape scale predator control? This includes research on pest and outcomes monitoring, habitat restoration, operational delivery and social science.

  • What are the challenges we have faced as a multi stakeholder team delivering this project to date and what are the lessons we have learned?

  • What are the environmental education programmes being delivered within the project?

  • How are we engaging with our community and what are the key lessons from this?

 Thursday 16 November: Day Three – Field Day

“What is happening on the ground in Cape to City and Poutiri Ao ō Tāne”

Tūngia te ururoa kia tupu whakaritorito te tupu o te harakeke - In order to change we need to leave some old ways behind and do things differently

In the field, we will look at:

  • Translocations of native species to public conservation land surrounded by farmland,
  • Wireless trap monitoring,
  • Biodiversity outcomes (mainly birds, invertebrates and lizards),
  • Māori engagement into the project

Find out more about the Field Trips here.

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