Wetland Restoration Symposia - now accepting abstracts for presentations

Every two years, the National Wetland Trust organises a gathering of community groups, landowners, iwi, scientists, wetland managers and students who are interested in sharing and learning about wetland restoration. Usually spread over three days, the symposia include field trips, practical training opportunities, soapbox sessions and presentations from a wide range of enthusiasts and professionals.

The next symposium will be held in Napier from 26-28 September 2018. The theme is Living Wetlands in the Living Landscape. Please see our Sponsor and Exhibitor pack if you wish to partner up with us for this exciting event.

Thanks to our sponsors for helping keep our event accessible to all.

If you wish to give a presentation at the symposium complete our submission form.



2016 Symposium: Nelson

Our 2016 symposium was held in Nelson, 10-12 February 2016. Almost 150 delegates from across New Zealand attended, representing agencies, councils, iwi, landowners, community groups, eco-tourism businesses, consultants, researchers, educators and enthusiasts.

The Symposium theme, Wetlands for Life, highlighted the vital role of wetlands in providing life-supporting ecosystem services, and opportunities to engage our young people in a life-time relationship with one of our most valuable, yet depleted ecosystem types.

Some of the presentations are available for download below.


Barrier_Para Wetland Restoration (4 mb)


Burkepile_Lessons running wetland restoration workshops (3.4 mb)


Campbell_Drought carbon balance peatlands (1.5 mb)


Cave_Pekapeka Champion Wetland (5 mb)


Cheyne_Creating bittern habitat (1 mb)


Funnell_Restoring Waituna Creek habitat (2 mb)


Gerbeaux_Typology for coastal wetlands (4 Mb)


Gillies_Mammalian predators in Whangamarino (4 mb)


Griffiths_Large scale grey willow control (5 mb)


Holland_Dairy farming and healthy ecosystems (3 mb)


Holmes_Waituna wetland (1.6 mb)


Iddon_Waikawau Bay Community project (2 mb)


Kleinpaste _Connecting Kids with Nature (4 mb)


Lindsay_Seeking Ramsar Status for Mangarakau (5 mb)


McCarroll_Waituna and Dairy farming ( mb)


Parsons_Wetlands and subdivision (1.4 mb)


Paviour_Living Water Projects in Waikato (3.4 mb)


Peeters_Self Guided Wetland Discovery Trail (3 mb)


Peters_Measuring Success through Citizen Science (4.6 Mb)


Purcell_Plant traits for restoration (2.7 mb)


Ramsay_New River Estuary Sediment Deposition (1.7 mb)


Rance_Awarua flora (4.5 mb)


Ratcliffe_Carbon dynamics in Scottish peatlands (1.2 mb)


Robertson_Ramsar nominations guidelines (6 mb)


Robertson_Science for wetland conservation (1.5 Mb)


Sharp_Volunteers keeping Then Safe - And Coming Back (6 Mb)


Shirtliff_Extraordinary Education (3.5 Mb)


Shortley - Bitter willow_A Basket Case (3.5 Mb)


Simpson_Abel Tasman NP wetlands (5 Mb)


Spiers_Wetland managers perceptions (3.5 Mb)


Sumich_Restoring Te Henga Wetland (3.6 Mb)


Taura_Working collaboratively with Maori communities (1 Mb)


Vanderburg_Scaling up local restoration


Wech_willow control and beetles (3.4 Mb)


WORKSHOP_Restoring Wetlands MBIE Research Programme Wrapup (3.5 Mb)


WORKSHOP Reeve and Turner_Project Janzsoon Abel Tasman Restoration and Education (1.5 Mb)