Latest Updates

Abstract submission now open: Wetland Restoration Symposium

The 2018 National Wetland Restoration Symposium will be held in Napier from Sept 26-28. Registration will open in May 2018.  If you wish to present at the conference you may submit an abstract for consideration. Deadline 30 March 2018. See more on our symposium page.


Rotopiko/Serpentine Reserve now open after pest-busting

The Rotopiko reserve gates were re-opened at a celebratory event on 24 November 2015 with a few bubbles and a very relaxing evening. Gates are open to the public once again. If visiting please check your bags at the gate for stowaways and please shut the roadside gates if you are the last one out.


Volunteers - help create a Wetland Centre

A major wetland restoration project is underway inside a pest fence at Rotopiko/ Serpentine, home of the future National Wetland Centre being built by the National Wetland Trust with grants from the Waikato River Clean-up Trust, WCEET, Lottery Environment and Heritage Fund, Waikato Regional Council, WEL Energy and many other supporters.

The Trust is keen to hear from willing volunteers - let us know if you want to help out or fill out our Volunteer for Wetlands form.


Planning to design a wetland interpretation panel?

The NWT has produced a series of generic interpretation panels for several wetland types (lowland swamp, kahikatea swamp forest, peat lake and restiad bog). These have been designed for our members and community groups who wish to install interpretation panels without incurring a design cost. Take a look, and if you are keen to have some of these made for your wetland let us know.

Take a look at our interpretation panels (2.4 mb file).


Guest speaker, Dr Marie Brown (co-author of the much lauded book Vanishing Nature) presented a very engaging talk on The fate of New Zealand's shy places - wetland protection for the future.

"Wetlands are a great policy challenge, and history has demonstrated that  current approaches to curtailing loss and degradation of them are insufficient, despite their remarkable economic value. In our new book Vanishing Nature, we demonstrate why that is. It is critical that the current extent of wetlands are protected and that many more are created and connected. Economic drivers push firmly in the opposite direction of all of these however, and wetlands and estuaries continue to fall to development. Turning these drivers around demands more than business as usual, it demands multi-level change from; upscaling practical approaches to wetland conservation; more coherent and functional legislation and the introduction of novel economic instruments. This talk will outline the opportunities we have to get very much better outcomes for those shy places.


Funds for pest control at Rotopiko

The Associate Minister of Conservation, Nicky Wagner, visited Rotopiko on Friday 29 August 2014  to announce the NWT's success in securing $60,000 from the Department of Conservations Community Conservation Partnership Fund. The money is being used to set up a Catchment Care Group focussing on pest control, but may widen in the future to other projects. We aim to work with neighbours and agencies to control pests in 30 ha of wetland surrounding a pest-free core that the Trust is creating. Hopefully the young of native animals that breed in the safety of the pest free haven will find a safer place to move to if they leave the sanctuary.   

 The lasting benefits that society derives from wetlands often far exceeds the immediate advantages their owners might get from draining or filling them. Their destruction shifts the economic and environmental cost to other citizens…who have no voice in the decision to alter them” - Jimmy Carter, President of the United States of America. 1977.