Resources

Educational

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

Arawai Kakariki bibliography

Arawai Kakariki is a large­scale collaborative wetland restoration and research programme led by New Zealand’s Department of Conservation (DoC). See a bibliography of their science outputs.

Wet and Wild Places

“Our Wet & Wild Places” is a beautifully illustrated booklet produced by the National Wetland Trust featuring five of New Zealand’s six Ramsar sites.

The booklet includes information on the special features of each site and how to get there.

This booklet is currently out of print, but we may be looking at republishing it in the future so check back in for updates. 

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 hapu (sub­tribes) in New Zealand to increase the health and wellbeing of their repo (wetlands). Information includes processes for facilitating renewed and vibrant connections between whanau (families) and their resources, understanding our cultural resources, and learning from case studies on wetland (rohe kōreporepo) (restoration, cultural indicators, and monitoring, all led by or in collaboration with tangata whenua (indigenous people).

The handbook can be downloaded in sections from Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research.

Wetland Restoration Handbook

The handbook builds on regionally based restoration guides and provides a detailed, comprehensive ecosystem approach for anyone who plans to or is making a difference to improving wetlands. It is written in a way that can easily be understood and, more importantly, acted on.

Beautifully designed it has excellent colour photographs and can be downloaded from Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research.

Hooked on Native Fish

The NZ Landcare Trust produced a fun factsheet series focused on our native fish. Individual sheets cover urban fish, rural streams, catchment management for fish, in­stream 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 Non­fiction for her book Wetlands of New Zealand a Bitter Sweet Story on history of our wetlands, evoking both national celebration and sorrow. Written over many years, it 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, providing an understanding of how 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. It takes a provocative look at how we should be managing wetlands today.

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

Monitoring Wetlands

The NWT has 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, you can access them by clicking on the button below.