Event Name Christchurch Urban Restoration Workshop
Start Date 7 Jun 2019
End Date 7 Jun 2019
Duration 1 day
  • 9am to 5pm, Friday 7 June, Blossom Lady Lounge, Addington Raceway, Christchurch
  • FREE ENTRY - email us to register, including name, organisation and dietary requirements

The Christchurch Urban Restoration Workshop is bringing together the brightest minds on Friday 7 June to discuss the many aspects of urban ecological restoration.

This event is co-hosted by BioHeritage Challenge and the urban restoration research programme People, Cities & Nature. Both of these parties are involved with interdisciplinary research and outreach to improve the quality of life, health and economic wellbeing in New Zealand's cities and towns through understanding and enhancing our biological heritage.

This workshop will cover the latest information and ideas across many topics from native birds to urban farming and sustainable business - all without the registration cost of a big conference!

The event will be concluded with a special evening seminar from internationally recognised urban restoration expert, Professor Bruce Clarkson, who will speak about Bringing Indigenous Nature Back into New Zealand's Towns & Cities.


9.00am                  Welcome & introductions

9.10am                  Bruce Clarkson - Urban Ecological Restoration - the bigger picture

9.30am                  Andrea Byrom - Empowering action for the protection of urban nature

9.50am                 Morning break

10.20am               Colin Meurk - The long road from ‘extinction of experience’ to restored cultural landscapes

10.40am               Kiri Joy Wallace - A forest on our doorstep: Restoring Aotearoa's urban parks

11.00am               Nicholas Dickinson - Urban Soil Ecosystem Services

11.20am               Yolanda van Heezik - Green space, well being and biodiversity engagement

11.40am               Kelly Dombroski - Caring commons, cultivating commoners

12.00pm               Lunch

1.00pm                  Eva Collins - Making Nature Your Business

1.20pm                  Nige Cottingham - Biodiversity, urban nature, ecological restoration

1.40pm                  Student talk: Ana Teixeira - Port Hills post-fire recovery: implications for urban restoration

1.55pm                  Student talk: Georgia Sharp - Effects of Management on Biodiversity in Riccarton Bush

2.10pm                  Julia Rambacher - As it flows - The Styx Living Laboratory Trust: A river care group

2.30pm                  Evan Smith - Natural Restoration of the Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor

2.50pm                  Jon Sullivan - Counting wild nature in cities with iNaturalist NZ

3.10pm                  Afternoon break

3.30pm                  Mike Bowie - Plants, people, pitfalls & pests

3.50pm                  Laura Molles - Where to from tūī?

4.10pm                  Andrew Crossland - A New Dawn (Chorus) for Otautahi/Christchurch

4.30pm                  Hamish Fairbairn - Conservation Volunteering

4.50pm                  Day programme wrap up

7pm                       SEMINAR: Professor Bruce Clarkson: Bringing Nature Back into Towns and Cities