Freshwater Champions 2024!

The Moutere Catchment Group has won a Freshwater Champion Award for its contribution towards freshwater health in Aotearoa. An educator, an artist, two community catchment groups and some trail-blazing farmers are being celebrated as inaugural, 2024 Freshwater Champions. The Moutere Catchment Group won a Cawthron Freshwater Champion Award for its ‘early impact’. More than 50 […]

2024 Planting Season Battle for the Banded Rail

Restoration planting at Hoddy Estuary Park

The planting season’s here and it’s going to be a goodie! Join the friendly super-organised Battle for the Banded Rail team at various planting bee’s across the scenic Waimea Inlet. The first one is Sunday 26 May at Pukeko Lane from 9am to 1pm, and everyone’s welcome! There’s eight different planting bees this season, from […]

A Cycling Adventure with a Conservation Twist

Cyclists ride over the Baton Bridge

Imagine pedalling along the most remote part of Tasman’s Great Taste Cycle Trail, soaking in the rivers and mountains, when suddenly you stumble upon a hidden gem. Welcome to Lublow’s Leap, the newest addition to biking adventures up the Baton Valley. Recently opened, Lublow’s Leap is an oasis for cyclists, offering a perfect vantage point […]

Banded Rail gets Helping Hands

The team at Craigs Investment Partners Nelson recently took a break from the office to help the Battle for the Banded Rail community conservation project. How cool is that! The day was spent connecting with nature and each other, all the while doing some good for the environment. They rolled up their sleeves and got […]

Fernbird Numbers Increase in Waimea Inlet

Battle for the Banded Rail are excited to share the results of their 2024 Fernbird Survey, with the number of fernbirds increasing from just a single bird in 2018 to at least eight birds in 2024. Fernbirds or Mātātā are rare in the Tasman region with small populations found in Mohua Golden Bay, Wakapuaka and […]

Pest Free Onetahua Finds Kiwi!

It’s exciting news for conservation in Mohua with Pest Free Onetahua discovering a great spotted kiwi in their project area. Once common in the hills of Pūponga, there have been no sightings of kiwi here since the 1970’s! The unexpected discovery was captured on a Pest Free Onetahua trail camera, set up in Pūponga Recreational […]

Battle For the Banded Rail Plant Care Mornings

Plant care volunteers

An essential part of successful restoration is caring for the plants after the hard work of planting is done. Please join us for plant releasing mornings around the Waimea Inlet. It’s a great chance to revisit some of the Battle for the Banded Rail planting sites, meet other like minded plant carers and have a […]

Good progress for Pest Free Onetahua

Return of the Kuaka | Bar-tailed Godwits

Pest Free Onetahua is a unique conservation project spanning 12,000ha – from the tip of Onetahua Farewell Spit, including Pākawau Bush in Kahurangi National Park and south to Whanganui Inlet. It’s a partnership with Manawhenua ki Mohua and aims to remove pests and restore the habitat of Onetahua Farewell Spit so native birds, plants and […]

Māpua School gets planting!

Frontage of Māpua School

With a little help from TET the whole of Māpua School got their hands dirty recently, helping to plant over 400 natives at the school. Māpua School was an absolute hive of activity earlier this year, with every student in the school helping to plant a riparian area near the carpark. Sparked by an idea […]

Making waves in the blue carbon space

Taking cores in seagrass habitat at Onetahua Farewell Spit

TET’s Core & Restore Blue Carbon pilot project has been hailed as a “revolution”. It’s been three years since TET and the Waimea Inlet Forum launched New Zealand’s first blue carbon workshop. Most people had never heard of blue carbon, the carbon stored in the plants and sediments of coastal and marine ecosystems. But by […]

Blue Carbon ‘Core & Restore’ videos

Team extracts core sample at beach

‘Core and Restore’ is a community based initiative with plans to measure, protect and restore blue carbon habitats across Te Tauihi (the top of the South Island). Watch these amazing videos to find out more… Introducing the Core & Restore Blue Carbon Project The Core & Restore Blue Carbon Project Launch Core & Restore Blue […]

MPI launch of Motueka Catchment Collective funding


The official announcement of the MPI Sustainable Land Use funding for the Motueka Catchment Collective (MCC) took place at Shedwood Hall, Tapawera on the 2nd June. Over 100 people packed into Tapawera’s Shedwood Hall to celebrate new funding for the Motueka Catchment Collective. Minister of Agriculture, Damien O’Connor, came to announce $870,000 of funding towards […]

Take the JUMP to tackle climate action in Tasman and Nelson regions

Take the Jump 3

Research shows we can reduce emissions by more than a quarter just by making a handful of specific lifestyle changes and creating a society of less stuff, and more joy. The seven “shifts” are part of a new Take The Jump (Kia Māia te Peke) initiative being piloted by the Nelson Tasman Climate Forum. It […]

Kelly’s Conservation Forest – the seen and unseen

Nestled in the hills of Nelson’s Enner Glynn is a thriving embodiment of the practice of kaitiakitanga: the protection and stewardship of the natural environment. For almost 40 years, Lindy Kelly and her now late husband Joe, have perfected their kaitiakitanga over an area of native bush now known as Kelly’s Conservation Forest. It is […]

Banded Rail and red bands

The fourth bi-annual Banded Rail survey took place on a sunny September Sunday morning on the shores of the Waimea Inlet. Some volunteers wore gumboots, others opted for sneakers. All were eager to get stuck into the survey transects and spy the elusive Banded Rail. Like detectives, we were hunting for clues to their whereabouts […]

Core & Restore: A project with depth

Lauren Walker and the Core & Restore team, representing Cawthron Institute, Beca, Ngāti Apa ki te Rā To HealthPost Nature Trust, Manawhenua ki Mohua and the Department of Conservation.

A Core & Restore dawn gathering at Onetahua/Farewell Spit opened the door to deeper connections. Lauren Walker believes in the power of connection and communication. A born networker, she was already working hard to build relationships with stakeholder groups on TET’s blue carbon Core & Restore project long before she officially took on the role […]

Restoring the Moutere fencing contract complete

Planting day at Beuke Bush for Upper Moutere School students

With more than 51km of new fencing laid across 56 different properties in just  20 months, Restoring the Moutere’s recently-completed fencing contract was EPIC! This story begins with an acknowledgment of the late Dr Bernard Simmons, Resource Scientist (Land) for Tasman District Council.  Bernard did all the groundwork and created the platform for the funding of […]

2022 Battle for the Banded Rail planting dates

Restoration planting at Hoddy Estuary Park

Planting season 2022 – it’s going to be a big one! And Battle for the Banded Rail, always supremely well-organised, has published all its Waimeha/Waimea Inlet planting dates for the entire season. Check it out: Download a pdf file here. The first planting session is Sunday, 29 May in Mapua. The session goes from 9am […]

Our blue carbon Core and Restore project has officially launched!

Mayor of Nelson, Rachel Reese, Helen Kettles of DOC and Lauren Walker of TET at the launch of the blue carbon Core and Restore project

TET’s coastal blue carbon project, Core and Restore, launched on 29 November with a dawn celebration on the shores of Waimeha/Waimea Inlet.  The chorus of morning bird call joined with a karakia offered by Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō, and enthusiastic words of support from both Mayor Rachel Reese and Helen Kettles, DOC’s national estuaries […]

Ngatimoti School Trap Builders: The Video!

Ngatimoti School Year 8 students with the trips they've built for Farmers for Whio

Last year we sent our roving reporter to Ngatimoti School to hang out with some Year 8 students as they learnt how to build predator traps for Farmers For Whio. In a year of great local conservation stories, this was one of our favourites. So we took the recorded interviews, added some awesome images from […]

2022 Battle for the Banded Rail plant releasing dates

hands cutting weeds away from native plant and plant guard

Its time to get those plants out from under the weeds ! And Battle for the Banded Rail, always supremely well-organised, has published all its Waimeha/Waimea Inlet plant releasing dates for the next 3 months. Check it out: Download a pdf file here. Please remember to bring gloves, any special tools you like to use […]

Onetahua Restoration: A vision for a thriving wildlife habitat

Onetahua Farewell Spit sand dunes and ocean

The Onetahua Restoration Project got off to a flying start in September when the Minister of Conservation announced that Predator Free 2050 is releasing $3 million of funding for pest eradication in the Farewell Spit region. This bold ambition is a long-term shared community vision to enable future generations the chance to enjoy a wealth […]