NZ Landcare Trust’s event team is thrilled to see the fourth attempt at holding its National Catchments Forum will be a success, with just days to go to the much-anticipated sold-out event.

The national event is being held October 6-7 at Te Papa Tongarewa Museum of New Zealand, following two years of ups and downs thanks to the COVID pandemic.

Proudly supported by the Ministry for Primary Industries and Ministry for the Environment, the National Catchments Forum is the first of its kind in the country, bringing together catchment group representatives from the width and breath of New Zealand, as well as agencies and stakeholders to inform, educate, share knowledge and inspire.

NZ Landcare Trust chief executive Dr Nick Edgar said he was thrilled it was able to be held after what had been more than two years of delays and cancellations.

“The COVID pandemic saw the first event of this kind cancelled only weeks out when it was being held in Invercargill on April 1-2 in 2020. Of course, that saw the whole country head into a never been seen before lockdown. But the idea behind the event was great, and with the amazing support of the Ministry for Primary Industries and Ministry for the Environment, we looked to take it to a national setting and hold it at Te Papa,” he said.

“We tried to hold it in October 2021, and then we entered another lockdown in August and changes to event regulations were introduced, so it had to be postponed, so we rebooked for May 2022, which again had to be postponed, so to say that I am thrilled to see it go ahead in a few days’ time is an understatement!”

“So much work and planning has gone into this event and now it is bigger and better than before – we have amazing speakers from catchment groups and agencies who can inspire and share their work, and their knowledge in catchment management.”

The forum also creates an opportunity for attendees to connect, discuss the latest innovations, and celebrate the important mahi being done to transition to more sustainable land use. Attendees include catchment group leaders and members, farmers, iwi, rural professionals, agribusinesses and resource management agencies.