Regional Coordinator: Nardene Berry; Catchments Coordinator: Ric Balfour

Hamilton is home to NZ Landcare Trust head’s office. This is also the base of our Waikato Regional Coordinator, Nardene Berry while our Waikato Catchments Coordinator Ric Balfour is based in Thames.

An important part of our work in the Waikato region is based on sound partnerships with agencies, other NGOs, science providers, industry and of course, community groups, farmers and landowners. We keep up to date with what’s going on in the region by attending and running events, as well as being active members of a wide range of groups, such as the National Wetland Trust, Waikato Biodiversity Forum, Rotopiko Catchment Care group and more.

The peat lakes in the Waikato Region are internationally rare and nationally significant. Much of the work done to support groups working around these lakes is around wetland restoration, including reducing sediments and nutrients getting into the lakes through constructed treatment wetlands, and supporting biodiversity through planting and pest control projects.

Our Project Work in the Waikato:

Our activities include supporting community environmental groups such as “Landcare, Lakecare, Streamcare, Friends of” by connecting the groups with experts and finding the information that they need to carry out their project work. We also run workshops on diverse topics such as improving water quality, wetland monitoring, trapper training, and organising an annual Landcare Networking Day in November, with the Waikato Regional Council, local district council, and DOC in. partnership with a local care group.

If you would like to partner with NZLT in running a workshop on a specific topic, or showcase the work that your local care group is doing, then please get in contact and we’ll see what we can bring together.


Regional Activities