See our Useful Links page for a list of wetland teaching resources.

See presentations by Te Awamutu Intermediate students on fauna research and restoration planting at Rotopiko/Lake Serpentine in the Waikato, supported by Waikato Regional Council, the DOC Biodiversity Condition Fund, Fonterra Grass Roots Fund and Air NZ Environment Trust (Kids Restore New Zealand fund).

Arawai Kakariki bibliography

Arawai Kākāriki is a large-scale collaborative wetland restoration and research programme led by New Zealand's Department of Conservation. See a bibliography of their science outputs.


Wet and Wild Places

"Our Wet & Wild Places" is a beautifully illustrated booklet produced by the Trust that highlights five of New Zealand's six Ramsar sites.  The booklet includes information on the special features of each site and how to get there.  For a copy send $10 and your details to the National Wetland Trust (Box 177, Pukekohe 2340).

Exerpts from the book have been used to create our Ramsar site pages.

Te reo o te Repo (The Voice of the Wetland)


This beautifully illustrated book highlights a range of mahi (work) undertaken by iwi (tribes) and hapū (sub-tribes) in New Zealand to increase the health and wellbeing of their repo (wetlands). Information shared includes processes for facilitating renewed and vibrant connections between whānau (families) and their resources, understanding our cultural resources, and learning from case studies on wetland restoration, cultural indicators, and monitoring, all led by or in collaboration with tangata whenua (indigenous people).

The handbook can be downloaded in sections from Landcare Research


Wetland Restoration Handbook


The handbook builds on regionally based restoration guides and provides a detailed, comprehensive ecosystem approach toward understanding, protecting and enhancing our remaining wetlands.

It is targeted at those who plan to, and those who already are making a difference to improving wetlands, and is written in a way that can easily be understood and importantly, acted on.

This beautifully designed handbook has excellent colour photographs, is wire bound with wrap-around cover, and includes a CD of references and websites. Order a copy from Manaaki Whenua Press.

You can also purchase from Manaaki Whenua Press a re-print of Wetland Plants in New Zealand by Johnson and Brookes.

Hooked on Native Fish

The NZ Landcare Trust has released a new factsheet series focused on our native fish. Individual sheets cover urban fish, rural streams, catchment management for fish, in-stream works to maintain or improve fish habitat. Factsheet 1 has been translated into Te Reo. 


Wetland book wins Montana award

Renowned New Zealand author Janet Hunt won the 2008 Montana Medal for Non-fiction for her book that evokes both national celebration and sorrow; the story of our wetlands. Wetlands of New Zealand - a Bitter Sweet Story, written over many years is a stunning and touching insight into these beautiful (and broken) ecosystems. 

Key New Zealand wetland publications 


Wetland Types in New Zealand by Peter Johnson & Philippe Gerbeaux describes a recently-devised system for classifying and naming New Zealand wetland types, and provides and understanding of how these wetlands work. 

The Post-glacial history of NZ wetlands by Matt McGlone details the development and evolution of wetlands since the end of the last ice age, and takes a provocative look at how we are/ and how we should be, managing wetlands today.

Directory of Wetlands in New Zealand by Pam Cromarty and Derek Scott is a detailed inventory of New Zealands major wetland ecosystems.


Monitoring wetlands

The National Wetland Trust has been given the role of holding or linking to reports produced by the Ministry for the Environment Sustainable Management Fund project: Coordinated Monitoring of New Zealand Wetlands. These reports are now available and others will be added in the future:


Monitoring changes in wetland extent


Grazing Effects on Wetlands (NIWA report)


The Ramsar Convention: A Review of wetlands management in New Zealand


Wetland research usefulness to end-users


Wetland Condition Monitoring Handbook