Mountains to Sea Events
Check out our upcoming events
10am – 3pm, 15th Sep.
CONSERVATION WEEK EVENT! To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Conservation Week, join Hutt City Council and Greater Wellington Regional Council in honouring all the fantastic community groups involved in conservation and promoting biodiversity in our region. Get stuck in, and learn about all the rewarding opportunities to get hands on with local conservation in your backyard! Come along and meet some of the critters that make our region so special, and learn how you can do your part to protect them & their habitats. There’ll be plenty information, entertainment and exciting activities such as a “parlour of natural beauty”, activities for children, and vendors selling sustainable products. Check out the flyer or See the Facebook event for more information.
Kaiwharawhara Stream Clean. 10am – 12pm, 18th & 21st Sep.
CONSERVATION WEEK EVENT! The Kaiwharawhara stream will have two clean ups in its catchment. Join us for a morning of litter collection and identification. Gloves and bags are provided, just bring warm clothes and gumboots. Furthermore, learn from NIWA scientist Amanda Valois how stream litter data can help us understand stream health. The first clean up will be on the 18th September at Huntleigh Park Play Area, 54 Silverstream Road and the second on the 21st September at Birdwood Reserve, Waiapu Road entrance.
Pou Aruhe. Wetland Planting Day. Lake Onoke. 19th September 10-12.30.
CONSERVATION WEEK EVENT! Help restore this precious wetland habitat for our native freshwater fish and birds. Join the department of Conservation and the students from Wairarapa Moana for this Conservation Week event. This public planting will contribute to a project to help restore the Pou Aruhe wetland. The planting will start at 10:30am but please arrange to arrive at the site by 10am. Sausage Sizzle starts at 12-12.30 (Back Up date is Friday 20th September). To RSVP, please contact Sean Rudman – 027 298 8701 or email email@example.com
Bothamley Park Porirua. Stream Clean Up! Friday 20th September 9-12pm.
CONSERVATION WEEK EVENT! Join the Conservation Volunteers team and learn about our native freshwater fish with Mountains To Sea Wellington. Help to protect their habitat by removing litter from the stream in Bothamley Park. Staff from Mountains to Sea will be on hand to answer all your questions about our weird and wonderful native fish. The students of Natone Park School who have been working on this stream for number of years will also be there to help.
There are limited spaces so please register with CVNZ directly at https://bookings.conservationvolunteers.org/project/conservation-week-stream-clean
No experience required as all training is provided as well as tools and gloves.
10th South Coast Clean up. 10.30am – 1.30pm, 21st Sep.
CONSERVATION WEEK EVENT! Mountains to Sea Wellington will be hosting the Island Bay section of this year’s South Coast clean-up. Meeting point: The Esplanade, Island Bay. Opposite Shorland Park. Followed by a BBQ at Lyall Bay at 12.30pm. Please bring your own gardening or rubber gloves (we want to try to use less throw away one!) See the Facebook event for more information.
Porirua Guardians Celebration. 12.30-2.30pm. 26 Nov 2019.
Nga Kaitiaki o Te Awarua o Porirua (formerly known as Kaitiaki ki a Kapiti) is open for nominations! We invite students working on environmental projects in the Porirua catchment to come and share your work with friends, whānau and community on the 26th of November from 12.30-2.30pm at Whitireia Polytec, Porirua campus. We had some amazing young people present last year and we can’t wait to hear more about your important mahi. As in previous years, six lucky students will be selected to join us an overnight trip to Kāpiti Island to recognise their outstanding efforts. Find out more in our Teacher, Student and Entry Details Information Pack.
Take a look at some of our past events.
Freshwater Hui. 7 June 2019.
This full day hui and workshop for community groups, individuals, organisations, scientists and those who share a passion for making a difference for our waterways was held in Lower Hutt Events Centre on Friday 7th June. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to join the mailing list for other freshwater events, or to register your interest in receiving the hui proceedings. See Proceedings from our 2016 hui held in Wellington
Kāpiti Community Snorkel. 23rd February 2019.
Another fastastic day out at the Kāpiti Marine Reserve with support from the Department of Conservation, Kāpiti Eco Tours and the Guardians of Kāpiti Island Marine Reserve. We look forward to doing it again next year! Lorna Doogan's photos from the day can be found here.
Whitieria Park Community Snorkel. 2nd March 2019. 10am – 3.30pm.
Our annual Seaweek snorkel at Whitireia Park took place again this year with support from Greater Wellington Regional Council. See photos from this event at our facebook album
Taputeranga Marine Reserve celebration. 7th December 2018, 12.30pm.
Over 800 students from around Wellington joined us to celebrate Taputeranga Marine Reserves 10th Birthday! This fantastic day was supported by the Friends of Taputeranga Marine Reserve, Wellington Community Trust, Wellington City Council and with support from many others. Te Kawa Robbs photos from the day can be found here
Kaitiaki ki a Kāpiti 2018. 8th & 9th December
The annual trip by the Mountains to Sea Wellington Trust aims to immerse Porirua students in island life to inspire and celebrate their kaitiaki (guardian) projects of the year. This year 7 students from around Porirua represented their region. More info on their projects can be found on our Kaitiaki Projects page
Taputeranga Community Snorkel Day. 15th December 2018, 10am-4pm.
Join us to celebrate 10 years of Taputeranga Marine Reserve with a free guided community snorkel!
Taputeranga Community Snorkel. 26th January 2019. 10am–4pm.
Come and explore first hand the closest marine reserve to a capital city! 10 years of protection make this a wonderful underwater experience. All gear provided, just turn up on the day and enjoy a free snorkel. This event was supported by Greater Wellington Regional Council. Photos from the day can be found here
Wednesday 17th October 5pm - 6pm & Saturday 27th October 9.30am - 10.30am
In preparation for the start of the snorkel season, we are hosting two volunteer pre-season meetups. These are a chance to find out more about snorkelling with us, meet other like-minded volunteers and learn tips and tricks for being a snorkel guide (as well as cover some all-important health and safety stuff). For more information or to RSVP please contact email@example.com
South Coast Clean up. 15th September 2018, 10.30am - 12pm
Mountains to Sea Wellington will be hosting the Island Bay section of this year’s South Coast clean-up. Meeting point: The Esplanade, Island Bay. Opposite Shorland Park. Followed by a BBQ at Lyall Bay at 12.30pm. Please bring your own gardening or rubber gloves (we want to try to use less throw away one!)
Restoration Day. Saturday 26th May. Silverstream Retreat.
Restoration Day is the annual conference for community groups and individuals involved in environmental restoration projects around the Wellington region. This event celebrates restoration successes and provides opportunities to learn from other community groups and experts in the field. Join us for a day of connections and learning. Click here for full event details
10th Anniversary Taputeranga MR Photo Bioblitz - 31st May
Sign up to Nature Watch and join the Friends of Taputeranga Bioblitz Project from 19 – 26th May recording all the species in the marine reserve. Final entry day is the 31st May. Details for the blitzs can be found at Friends of Taputeranga Marine reserve or Click here for full event details
Community Freshwater Monitoring, Ōtari Wilton's Bush - April 8th, 2018
FULLY BOOKED – Full-day workshop (9:30am – 4:30pm) at Otari Wilton’s Bush, identifying the opportunities and tools available for communities to monitor freshwater. Click here for full event details
Tuna Trails, Bothamley Park, Porirua - April 7th, 2018
Come explore the awa of Bothamley Park – Food, Art, Science and Action – and celebrate the young kaitiaki of Porirua. Photos from the day can be found here.
Citizen Science Symposium, Te Papa - Monday 9th April, 2018
MTSW Educator and Scientist, Liz Gibson, presents ‘Aquatic Citizen Science’ at Citizen Science Symposium 2018. Click here for full event details
Mountains To Sea Conservation Trust, Wānanga 2018 - 21-23 April, 2018
An inspirational professional development and networking opportunity for all those involved or interested in freshwater and marine conservation. Te Āwhina Marae, Motueka. Click here for full event details
Kāpiti Island Marine Reserve Community Snorkel - Feb 25th, 2018
Free community snorkel in the stunning Kāpiti Island Marine Reserve. Click here to see the Photo Gallery from this event.
Freshwater Hui 2016
A part of our work with the Whitebait Connection programme, the team held a freshwater Hui for community groups and organisations involved in freshwater management, science and restoration from across the greater Wellington region in May 2016. The hui has led to a range of collaborations and projects, and a strengthening of partnerships in the region. The hui proceedings and presentations can be found here.