Wetland Restoration Symposium 2018 - registration is now closed




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, at the Napier War Memorial Conference Centre. The format will comprise two days of presentations and workshops and a whole day field trip on the last day, returning to the venue by 4 pm.

The theme is Living Wetlands in the Living Landscape.

Keynote speakers include Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage, renowned Australian ecologist Matt Herring and Fish and Game CEO Martin Taylor.  Working on more than 850 farms in the Murray-Darling Basin, Matt Herring has become a strong advocate for working alongside farmers to unleash the conservation potential of private land. He is passionate about the ideal of producing food and conserving biodiversity at the same time.

Registration fees (incl. gst):

325 Earlybird (before 15 July 2018)
350 Standard
125 Community group/ volunteer/student
 50 Field trip
85 Conference Dinner at Mission Estate
20 Become a member of the NWT


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


Thanks to our international sponsor: Land Open Access Journal





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)