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Annual Public Meeting

Hear the OKT progress in the last 12 months and listen to Speaker Professor Bruce Clarkson

Event date: Tuesday 14 July 2015 - Export event

Where: Tauranga Golf Club 1295 Cameron Rd
All Welcome: Gold Coin Donation

7pm - Welcome and meeting opened - Chair Peter Crane

5 minute presentations from the following people on there areas of work and years successes.

    Kiwi (Dave Brown / Nigel Veale)
    Kokako (Dave Edwards)
    Intensification Project (Dianne Paton)
    Finances (Melanie Norton)

7.30pm Speaker Bruce Clarkson

From offshore island restoration to the urban frontier.

The evolution of measures to protect and restore habitat for New Zealand’s native plants and animals: from small offshore islands, to mainland islands and the sanctuary approach. Last a case will be made for urban restoration as the new frontier of ecological restoration.

 8.30pm Meeting closes. Tea and coffee and cake

 

Talk from Professor Bruce Clarkson

Bruce's talk is entitled “From offshore island restoration to the urban frontier”.

It will examine the evolution of measures to protect and restore habitat for New Zealand’s native plants and animals starting first on small offshore islands and moving on to the mainland island and sanctuary approach.  Last a case will be made for urban restoration as the new frontier of ecological restoration.

About Bruce
Bruce is Dean of Science & Engineering and heads the Environmental Research Institute at the University of Waikato. He has authored some 90 publications on various aspects of the systematics, ecology and restoration of New Zealand native plants and vegetation. Throughout his career he has applied his research, often working alongside community groups, to assist in the protection and restoration of native plants and ecosystems.

In 2005, together with independent consultant Dr Wren Green, he carried out a review of progress on the New Zealand Biodiversity Strategy, and in 2006 he was awarded the Loder Cup, New Zealand’s premier conservation award. From 2005 to 2012 he led a New Zealand government-funded research programme looking at the best methods to restore indigenous biodiversity in cities.

He is currently seconded part time as Interim Director of New Zealand’s Biological Heritage National Science Challenge.

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