Regional meetings

Regional meetings are key elements of NZARM’s mission and service to its members.

These meetings are usually designed around a particular regional issue and tend to involve members and interested people from both within, and from adjacent regions.

NZARM is interested in supporting the creation and promotion of regional events and have a wealth of expertise to call on.

Would you like to host an event?

For assistance please contact Matt Highway on the contact details below.

Matt Highway

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Upcoming Regional Events

Poplars and Willows as Bioengineering Tools

Posted on June 30, 2021 (Willow and Poplar Trust)

The registration form for the workshop is now available for download on the willow and poplar site, or click here: download 

National training workshops for new and experienced practitioners

  • Land management advisers
  • River engineers
  • Environmental farm planners
  • Rural consultants

Presentations, small group activities, demonstrations, field trips to bioengineered sites, problem solving in the field.

The first 3-day workshop will be held in Masterton from 28th to 30th September 2021 (Note the date change).

Sponsored by NZ Poplar & Willow Research Trust, and Regional Councils.

Funding support from Ministry for Primary Industries One Billion Trees fund.

Enviro-Drinks..... yes thats what we are calling it

Do you like hanging with interesting people and maybe having a drink or two? Do you also like talking environment, resource, land water and catchment approaches? Have we got the deal for you...

Introducing Enviro-drinks. Stay tuned as we launch these winter 2021. 

Previous event - Wairarapa: Resource management in diverse catchments - Innovations for change

Moving into 2021 and beyond, the NZARM Executive is looking to strengthen connections between regions and assist the national flow of information, knowledge and mentoring in land management. In late-November, Greater Wellington Regional Council hosted some NZARM members for a two day field trip around the Wairarapa. The theme of the trip was resource management across diverse catchments and innovations for change.

The first day took attendees for a tour around the Huangarua catchment in southern Wairarapa. It covered a range of topics from farm planning approaches on an extensive hill country farm to a more intensive hill country farm where alternative pasture species and cropping regimes, incorporate resilience into the farming system. The first day concluded at the bottom of the catchment, on a dairy farm where a discussion on catchment community groups was held.

The second day was focused around the Ruamahanga Valley focusing on innovative mitigation solutions on a local dairy farm. The group visited a wetland constructed to remove nitrogen from the surrounding land and the group learnt about the engineering and design behind what the landowners were wanting to achieve with the wetland. The group also looked at a detainment bund recently installed in the property to remove sediment and phosphorus. Dung beetles are another mitigation tool being used in the region for reducing E.coli and other contaminants entering our waterways and improving soil health.

The afternoon headed further south to hear about the diversification of cropping and pasture species for soil health purposes. The host farmer talked about how he sets up trials comparing the conventional approach to this new approach to see what worked well for his business.

It was great to see such a large turnout in a year where the usual NZARM get-togethers have been so disrupted. Here’s hoping for some more small-scale events to join the NZARM conference restarting in 2021.


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