Our first Biodiversity Forum was held Sunday 28 October at Aramoana Environmental & Education Trust Woolshed, Te Angiangi Marine Reserve, Central Hawke's Bay. It was a fantastic day filled with education and engagement in our beautiful big backyard. Guests got the chance to meet our local eco-gems, discover the wonders of our natural environment and catch up on the biodiversity buzz.
The event was supported by Department of Conservation, Hawke’s Bay Regional Council, Central Hawke’s Bay District Council and the Aramoana Environmental & Education Charitable Trust.
The day began with Aramoana Education Charitable Trust Chair, Peter Kay, welcoming everyone to the Aramoana Woolshed and Central Hawke's Bay Mayor, Alex Walker, extending that welcome and explaining how CHBDC are a member of Biodiversity Guardians and how as a council they are committed to protecting the environment in Central Hawke's Bay.
A walk along the beach to the estuary led to a series of talks from Rod Hansen, Kay Griffiths, Bernie Kelly and Matt Brady about birds on the beach, the pyramid of organisms - how they are all connected and in balance, and native fish we might find in this area. Back up the beach, Marie Taylor gave an inspiring talk about Hawke's Bay dune plants.
In the afternoon session we heard from Central Hawke's Bay Eco-Gems: Rod Hansen (Aramoana Education Charitable Trust), Louise Phillips (F&B Lindsay bush), John Cheyne (Lake Whatuma and Bittern), Carole Hudson (Puahanui bush), Christine Morrison and Alice (A’Deanes School bush experiences), Kate Luff (CHB EnviroSchools), Chip McHardy (Aramoana station), Troy Duncan (QEII @ Aramoana sites) and Kay Griffiths (for Rod McClean – McCleans bush and Bill Wallace- Cape Turnagain).
You can join the Biodiversity Guardians of Hawke's Bay and keep up to date with all the exciting events and opportunities coming in 2019.
“Meeting with like-minded people from different networks, hearing from them, talking with them was both valuable and enjoyable and the lunch was yum too”
“I really liked the venue – A local beach and woolshed, so very kiwi!”
“We loved the activities for the kids – great to have them included, venue worked well for them and young families”.
“The vibe at Bio Buzz was great – positive and affirming. The variety within the day’s agenda meant that we learnt about the whole ecosystem not just one or two pieces of it”
“What a great day… wonderfully well organised & excellent speakers. And I was very excited to win my big rat trap box in the spot prize draw”
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