Research and Advocacy

Researching Wetlands

We’ll keep this page updated with useful information for wetland researchers and students. Contact us if you have information on wetland research you would like to share with the wetland community

Golden Plover Award

The National Wetland Trust’s Golden Plover Award is open for MSc students of any New Zealand university who are undertaking post-graduate research into wetland functioning and restoration. See the application form.

National Wetland Restoration Symposia

Every second year, the NWT organises a symposium to share research and experience among wetland practioners, managers, students, landoweners and community groups. See our Symposia page for details.


We have supported five international interns through our internship programme. The NWT can provide for interns:

  • Guidance through a wetland research or practical conservation programme designed to meet university requirements
  • Office facilities and field supervision
  • Access to a range of wetland experts
  • Skills development and experience
  • References
  • A unique insight to New Zealand’s lifestyles and environment

Our interns have gained experience in wetland restoration, fauna translocation, fauna monitoring, pest control, re-vegetation and volunteer co-ordination. We are keen to hear from interns with an interest in environmental education, tourism/ business development and marketing. Contact us if you are keen to learn more.

Arawai Kakariki

Arawai Kākāriki is a large-scale collaborative wetland restoration programme led by New Zealand’s Department of Conservation. The main goal is to protect wetlands and increase our understanding of these productive environments to improve wetland restoration in New Zealand. See a bibliography of their science outputs.