National Wetland Trust of New Zealand

The National Wetland Trust (NWT) – is a non­profit organisation established in 1999 to increase the appreciation of wetlands and their values by all New Zealanders. We are planning a Wetland Discovery Centre at Rotopiko/Lake Serpentine where visitors can learn about wetlands and experience their special qualities.

Our other aims are to:

  • Increase public knowledge and appreciation of wetland values
  • Increase understanding of wetland functions and processes
  • Ensure landowners and government agencies commit to wetland protection, enhancement and restoration

Find out what’s on for World Wetlands Day 2019.

See some stunning New Zealand wetlands in our gallery.

Why Wetlands

Wetlands are vital in maintaining healthy ecosystems.

You want clean water? Flood or tsunami protection? How about locking up carbon to protect us from climate change?

It’s the wetlands that do these for us..

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Visiting Wetlands

Wetlands are wonderful places to visit. As well as their great natural beauty they provide opportunities for walking, boating, canoeing, bird watching and fishing. To help people visit wetlands the NWT has produced a series of wetland trails and is building an online directory of those you can safely visit.

Ramsar Convention

In 1971, the value of wetland sites around the world was formally recognised at the signing of a Wetland Convention in the Iranian town of Ramsar. To date, this is the only international convention on an ecosystem type. The anniversary of the Convention’s signing is celebrated on World Wetlands Day, February 2nd every year.

Despite their great natural wealth, wetlands are still largely a forgotten and under-valued habitat. Over 90 percent of New Zealand’s wetlands have been drained or filled. The National Wetland Trust (NWT) is working to reverse this trend, and to increase knowledge, appreciation and understanding of the value of wetlands.

What We Do

Despite their great natural wealth, wetlands are still largely a forgotten and under-valued habitat. Over 90 percent of New Zealand’s wetlands have been drained or filled. The National Wetland Trust (NWT) is working to reverse this trend, and to increase knowledge, appreciation and understanding of the value of wetlands.

Value Wetlands

Value Wetlands

Wetlands are vital in maintaining healthy ecosystems. They improve water quality and reduce flood risks, provide biodiversity and play an important role in managing climate change.
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National Wetland Centre

National Wetland Centre

The NWT is planning a Wetland Discovery Centre at Rotopiko / Lake Serpentine. It will be a native wildlife haven with research and educational facilities, wetland gardens and heritage trails.
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Type of Wetlands

Type of Wetlands

Wetlands are permanently or intermittently wet areas, shallow water, and land water margins that support a natural ecosystem of plants and animals adapted to wet conditions
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Resources

Resources

Here you will find a range of excellent resources for learning about, restoring or teaching about New Zealand wetlands.
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Events and Conferences

Events and Conferences

We run national conferences every two years. We want to see as many wetland events being run across the country as possible, getting people into these uniquely beautiful environments. If you have an idea for a wetland event, please let us know.
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Research and Advocacy

Research and Advocacy

Our trustees and members are at the forefront of cutting edge wetland science. We also encourage students to research wetlands through our Golden Plover awards.
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News

News

Stay informed about our wetlands with the latest news including information on wetland restoration projects.
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