The restoration programme is focusing on research to improve understanding of wetland restoration issues. We are developing best practice wetland management and monitoring tools.


Bibliography of science outputs 2007–2016 (PDF, 1,293K)
This bibliography documents Arawai Kākāriki science outputs since the programme began in 2007, with the outputs organised under themes.

Releasing a banded rail. Photo: K Hutchinson.
Releasing a banded rail

Wetere Home, Te Rūnanga o Arowhenua, assisting with an eel survey. Photo: G. Iles.
Wetere Home, Te Rūnanga o Arowhenua, assisting with an eel survey

Wetland management and monitoring tools

Through the knowledge gained from the Arawai Kākāriki wetland restoration programme, we are developing best practice tools and guidelines for use in wetland management across New Zealand.

Priority management and monitoring tools include:

  • Setting framework for identifying wetland management and restoration objectives and monitoring requirements.
  • Wetland mapping guidelines.
  • Inventory and monitoring of cryptic wetland birds.
  • Inventory and monitoring of mammalian predators in wetlands.
  • Monitoring changes in wetland vegetation.

Working with external researchers

We are working with external researchers to improve our knowledge of wetland conservation issues. We work with universities and research institutions such as:

  • Landcare Research
  • NIWA
  • University of Otago
  • University of Queensland (Australia)
  • University of Canterbury
  • University of Waikato

We have also supported postgraduate students undertaking research at the three sites:

  • Awarua Wetland (wetland palaeoecology)
  • O Tū Wharekai (wetland palaeocology)
  • Whangamarino (wetland ecohydrology)

Reporting on our research and monitoring

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