Skip to content


Image: Rakaia River – Helen Reitveld


Over then next week or so, some presentations may be moved from the current time slots. As always, this is a FREE full day in-person only event at Lincoln University (see the map below). Note, due to funding constraints, this year there will be no catering. Several eateries on campus will be open. As spaces are limited, please register using the form below. We will not use your email for any other purpose other than to notify you of any changes due to unforeseen circumstances, to ask you to confirm your attendance once we have reached maximum numbers, and lastly, to send you the link to the final programme (20 – 25 page PDF).

We have not yet confirmed details of a possible field trip the following day Thursday 07 July. If one goes ahead, as always, you do not need to book any proposed field trip as we will not be catering. Car pooling options will be available.

See here for links to presentation years’ presentations.

Topic: Ecosystems

 Time Speakers Affiliation Topic
 09.00am Sonny Whitelaw BRaid Introduction
 09.10am TBA ECan   Keynote
 09.40am Holly Harris University of Canterbury Trophic connections in braided rivers
 10.00am Naomi  Wells Lincoln University  Nitrogen movement through the braidplain
 10.20am Inge Martens University of Canterbury Can environmental DNA solve the braided river sampling conundrum to better inform management?
 10.40am Brad Edwards DOC   Rakitata Awa: the human face to river restoration
 11.00am Morning break    

Topic: Fauna

 Time Speakers Affiliation Topic
 11.30am Elizabeth (Biz) Bell, Baylee Connor-McClean, Keegan Miskimmin,
and Simon Lamb
 Wildlife Management International Keynote: Monitoring black-fronted terns and predator control on Waiau Toa/Clarence, Hurunui, Waiau-Uwha and Rakaia Rivers, 2021/2022 (with multi-year summaries for Waiau Toa/Clarence and Hurunui/Waiau-Uwha)
 12.00pm Fraser Gurney Lincoln University Breeding movements and winter dispersal of black-fronted terns (Chlidonias albostriatus)
 12 .20pm Colin O’Donnell DOC The changing threat status of shorebirds
 12.40pm Jennifer Schori and Samantha Turner DOC A tern of events: Outcomes from recent changes to management on Project River Recovery’s Tern Island
 1.00pm  Tara Murray DOC    Invertebrates (details TBA)
 1.20pm Lunch break    

Topic: Threats

 Time Speakers Affiliation Topic
 2.20pm Clement Lagrue DOC Keynote
 2.50pm Tom Kay Forest & Bird Giving rivers room to move
 3.10pm TBA    
 3.30pm Wendy Fox Lincoln University Estimating recruitment of karoro/black-backed gull to calculate egg harvest rates, with the aim of reducing a local population through egg collection
 3.50pm Grant Davey Ashley Rakahuri Rivercare   Twenty years of predator control
 4.10pm  Nick Ledgard  Chair: Braid  Summary & introduction to 2023 topics
 4.30pm Open discussion

 5.00pm Close    

Reserve your place


Location: Stewart Lecture Theatre #1

lincoln map
Stewart Lecture Theatre #1 (image from 2021)

Stewart Lecture Theatre #1 (image from 2021)